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Old 10-11-2006, 10:03 PM   #1
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attach gdb to a running process

i am a newman for linux and just began to learn linux program a few days ago.
one of the advanced features of gdb is that attaching gdb to a runing process,i don't know the benefits of doing that ,and when should we do that ,and how to do?
Old 10-15-2006, 01:50 AM   #2
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The benefits of attaching to a running process is that you don't have to kill it and start a new process. I can think of two reasons for wanting to avoid that: you want zero downtime, and/or you want to preserve any state that is in the current process (say, network connections).

You want to do that when you think there's an actual benefit.

The way to do it is this:
$ gdb /sbin/init 1
where /sbin/init is the path to the executable, and 1 is the process id you wish to attach to.

Hint for debugging your own C code: pause() when you get a(n otherwise killing) signal.


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