API Quick Reference Guide

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Get Started with Debugging with Intel® Parallel Studio XE
for Linux* OS

The GNU* Project Debugger (GDB) provided with the Intel® Parallel Studio XE Composer Edition is based on GDB with enhancements provided by Intel.
It can debug applications on
IA-32 or
Intel® 64 Architecture systems.
In the present release of GDB*, the included Python* runtime uses Python 3 instead of Python 2.

Intel® 64 Architecture debugging

Debug applications natively on
IA-32 or
Intel® 64 Architecture systems.
Always source the following script in the same environment where you use the debugger:
$ source <
>/linux/bin/compilervars.sh <
, where
is the installation directory. By default, it is:
  • For root users:
  • For non-root users:
> must be one of:
  • ia32 (for IA-32 host and target)
  • intel64 (for Intel® 64 host and target)
For other prerequisites, new debugger features, hardware and software requirements, and known issues refer to the Release Notes.
Start GDB for Native
Intel® 64
To debug applications natively on
IA-32 or
Intel® 64 Architecture systems, start GDB with the following command:
The actual debugger usage is the same as for the GNU* Project Debugger. Extensions for
Intel® 64 Architecture are described in the debugger documentation.

Documentation and Resources

Contains descriptions of the GNU* Debugger (GDB) functions and interfaces including Intel-extended features for debugging applications natively on Intel® 64 Architecture systems.
Release Notes for debugging with Intel® Parallel Studio XE.
Intel® Parallel Studio XE product page. See this page for support and online documentation.

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