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27 The gdb/mi Interface

Function and Purpose

gdb/mi is a line based machine oriented text interface to gdb and is activated by specifying using the --interpreter command line option (see Mode Options). It is specifically intended to support the development of systems which use the debugger as just one small component of a larger system.

This chapter is a specification of the gdb/mi interface. It is written in the form of a reference manual.

Note that gdb/mi is still under construction, so some of the features described below are incomplete and subject to change (see gdb/mi Development and Front Ends).

Notation and Terminology

This chapter uses the following notation: