gdb command line option -e or -exec usage

Michael Snyder
Fri Feb 12 19:10:00 GMT 2010

Pedro Alves wrote:
> On Friday 12 February 2010 18:45:01, Michael Snyder wrote:
>> Paragi, Ajeykumar B wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have invoked gdb with '-e' command line option on an executable, 
>>> The gdb manual says '-e' is used to set the executable to run.
>>> But I could not see the symbols read in by gdb when I use -e and could
>>> not insert breakpoints.
>>> What is the intent of having the command line option "-e" or "-exec"?
>> Hmmm, it does seem to be broken.
> It's not.  `-e' is equivalent to "(gdb) exec-file".  It doesn't read
> its argument for symbols, only for executable to run, or for pure
> memory contents.
>> You can get the same effect, though, by just leaving out the -e flag.
>>      % gdb my-executable
> That's equivalent to "(gdb) file", which is equivalent to
> "gdb -e my-executable -s my-executable", or just "gdb -se my-executable".

Right!  Thanks, Pedro.

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