Break at address on darwin

Ben L. Titzer
Tue Aug 2 21:51:00 GMT 2011

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM, Jonas Maebe <> wrote:
> On 02 Aug 2011, at 21:19, Ben L. Titzer wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM, Jeffrey Walton <> wrote:
>>> Are you certain you are setting a breakpoint on an address (eg, b
>>> 0x40000000)? Or is it a symbolic name (b main)?
> Just to make sure: to put a breakpoint on an address, it's "b *0x40000000" (i.e., with an extra "*"; but you'd notice if you used the wrong syntax, since gdb would complain that it can't find a symbol with that name).

Yes, I am using the correct syntax and gdb will list the breakpoints I
have added.

>> It's an address. I ænow for sure it's being executed because it's the
>> first instruction in the binary.
> Actually, I've noticed on many platforms that breakpoints on the very first instruction don't work. Did you also try other instructions?

Doesn't matter, no breakpoints work.

I've attached a sample binary and gdb session.

% gdb /tmp/add01
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This GDB was configured as "x86_64-apple-darwin"...
(gdb) break *0x1114
Breakpoint 1 at 0x1114
(gdb) run
Starting program: /private/tmp/add01

Program exited with code 04.
(gdb) disass 0x1114 0x1140
Dump of assembler code from 0x1114 to 0x1140:
0x00001114:	mov    (%esp),%ebx
0x00001117:	mov    $0x0,%eax
0x0000111c:	mov    0x1121(,%ebx,4),%edx
0x00001123:	jmp    0x1129
0x00001125:	add    %al,(%eax)
0x00001127:	add    %al,(%eax)
0x00001129:	call   0x1148
0x0000112e:	push   %eax
0x0000112f:	mov    %esp,%ebx
0x00001131:	push   $0x4
0x00001133:	push   %ebx
0x00001134:	push   $0x1
0x00001136:	push   $0x0
0x00001138:	mov    $0x4,%eax
0x0000113d:	int    $0x80
0x0000113f:	push   %eax
End of assembler dump.
(gdb) break 01148
No symbol table is loaded.  Use the "file" command.
(gdb) break *0x1148
Breakpoint 2 at 0x1148
(gdb) run
Starting program: /private/tmp/add01

Program exited with code 04.
(gdb) info breakpoints
Num Type           Disp Enb Address    What
1   breakpoint     keep y   0x00001114
2   breakpoint     keep y   0x00001148
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