Using the IDB Debugger under Mac OS* X 10.7 Lion

Reference Number : DPD200178014

Version : IDB for Mac OS* X 10.7 Lion, v12.1 ( Updates 6, 7, 8, and possible future updates)

Product : Composer XE 2011 for Mac OS* X

Operating System : Mac OS* X 10.7

Problem Description : IDB debugger does not load default images produced by IFORT or ICC/ICPC:
"Could not start process for ...
No image loaded ... Recovering ... "

Resolution Status :

Mac OS* X Lion, by default, defaults to building executables with Position Independent Executable (PIE) code.  However, the Intel IDB debugger does not currently (as of Composer XE 2011 Updates 6, 7, 8, and 9) support debugging of PIE executables. 

To work around this, IFORT and ICC/ICPC can be directed to produce non-PIE executables.  The following options are required to produce an executable that IDB can process:

-g -save-temps -fpic -Wl,-no_pie

This affects the Intel Composer XE 2011 compilers running on Mac OS* X 10.7 Lion ONLY.  Users of Mac OS* X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.5 (Leopard) are not affected and need only the -g -save-temps options for creation of debuggable executables.

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