GDB with python support: which version of Python?
Fri May 31 00:04:00 GMT 2013

On May 30, 2013, at 6:04 PM, Paul Smith wrote:

> Hi all;
> I'm trying to build a portable version of GDB, with Python support, that
> I can use on many different (GNU/Linux) systems.  It's frustrating
> because Python versions are all over the place: every distro you use, it
> seems like, has a different not-completely-compatible version.
> Plus, I can't find any straightforward way to build GDB with Python
> linked statically to avoid local .so version problems.  Seems GDB
> configure doesn't really support this.  I'm thinking of pulling a Python
> install without any .so to force static linking.  Have others tried
> this?
> I see from the README that the "oldest version of Python supported by
> GDB is 2.4".  Is there a _recommended_ version of Python?  2.7?  3.x?
> Something else?

My personal favorite is 3.latest, but for those who want Python 2, I'd say 2.latest (i.e., 2.7).  But it's really more a matter of what you have installed.  If you can most easily install some other version, or you have other libraries that need a particular Python version, then that would decide things.

I've built gdb for pretty much all the 2.x and 3.x versions supported; it's all easy.


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