Debugging is an essential part of the software development process. Without it, it can be hard to identify and fix bugs or other issues thrown up by your code. On MacOS, GDB is the go-to debugging tool.
GDB stands for “GNU Debugger” and is a powerful but often overlooked tool for MacOS users. GDB is a command-line debugger for UNIX-based systems. This means that you need to type in commands in order to access its features and debug your code. Despite the initial steep learning curve, GDB is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used to quickly identify and fix a whole host of issues.
The first step to using GDB is to install it. To do this, simply open a terminal window, type in the command “brew install gdb” and you should have it successfully installed.
Once you have installed GDB, open the program you want to debug and run it in the terminal. Then type in the command “gdb program”, replacing “program” with the name of the program you want to debug. You should now be able to see the GDB prompt.
From here, you can start debugging your code. Some of the core commands include “break” which creates a breakpoint, “run” which runs your code until it reaches the breakpoint, “step” which executes the next line of code and “print” which prints the value of a particular variable. You can use a combination of these commands to investigate any errors or bugs in your code.
Finally, GDB also supports a range of other useful features like thread debugging, remote debugging and even debugging of extended code. To use these features and more, you can use the gdb documentation which provides detailed instructions on all of GDB’s commands and features.
In conclusion, GDB is an essential and powerful debugging tool on MacOS. Whether you’re just starting out or have been coding for a while, GDB can provide a wealth of features to help you identify and fix bugs. So be sure to check it out and start debugging your code with GDB today!