nice development tool / Motif
I've been using "DDD" on our university machines lately, and found it
a very useful tool. It is a copylefted graphical front-end for GDB,
which unfortunately requires Motif to compile.
If someone has Motif for Linux, this would make a very useful
package. I'll include part of the readme here:
-- README --
DDD 1.2 is available
Release 1.2 of the Data Display Debugger (DDD), a graphical
front-end for GDB and DBX debuggers, is now available by anonymous
FTP from `ftp.ips.cs.tu-bs.de` [184.108.40.206] in the file
`/pub/local/softech/ddd/ddd-1.2.tar.gz' (0.9 MB). Diffs from
earlier versions are in `/pub/local/softech/ddd/diffs/`. Binaries
for various architectures are in `/pub/local/softech/ddd/bin/`.
Please try a closer FTP site first; see below for a list.
Summary of DDD
The Data Display Debugger (DDD) is a novel graphical user
interface to GDB and DBX, the popular UNIX debuggers. Besides
``usual'' features such as viewing source texts and breakpoints,
DDD provides a *graphical data display*, where data structures are
displayed as graphs. A simple mouse click dereferences pointers
or views structure contents. Complex data structures can be
explored incrementally and interactively, using automatic layout
if preferred. Each time the program stops, the data display
reflects the current variable values. Using DDD, you can reason
about your application by viewing its data, not just by viewing it
execute lines of source code.
Other DDD features include: debugging of programs written in C,
C++, Pascal, or Modula-2; hypertext source navigation and lookup;
GDB/DBX command-line interface with full editing, history, and
completion capabilities; breakpoint, backtrace, and history
editors; optional program execution in terminal emulator window;
debugging on remote host; on-line manual; interactive help on the
OSF/Motif user interface. DDD has been designed to compete with
well-known commercial debuggers.
DDD has been extensively beta-tested (especially by debugging
itself) and should configure, compile and run out-of-the-box for a
variety of UNIX architectures, including AIX (powerpc-ibm-aix3,
rs6000-ibm-aix3), Suns (sparc-sun-sunos4, sparc-sun-solaris2),
DECs (mips-dec-ultrix4), HPs (hppa1.1-hp-hpux9.05) and Linux
DDD is free software, protected by the GNU general public license.
It is actively maintained by its authors, Dorothea Luetkehaus and
Andreas Zeller at the Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany.
To build a complete DDD from sources, you need:
* The GNU C++ compiler (GCC/G++), version 2.6.3, and a matching
C++ I/O library (libg++, libstdc++, or libiostream).
Some other C++ compilers have been reported to compile DDD as
well, such as Sun CC 4.0. Cfront 3.0 does not compile DDD.
* The X window library (Xlib) and X toolkit library (Xt),
X11R4 or later.
* The OSF/Motif Widget library (release 1.1 or later). Best
results are achieved using Motif 2.0 in conjunction with the
Athena Widget library.
* Optionally, in addition to the OSF/Motif widget library, the
Athena Widget library (release 5 or later). Having the
Athena Widget library is convenient for supporting
two-dimensional scrollbars and the `editres' protocol.
To run DDD, you need a GDB debugger (version 4 is required; best
results are achieved with 4.13 or later). Using GDB, you can
debug programs written in C and C++.
A World-Wide-Web page (including screen shots) devoted to DDD is
installed at `http://www.cs.tu-bs.de/softech/software/ddd_e.html'.
The DDD users mailing list, `firstname.lastname@example.org', is the
right place to contact other DDD users for assistance and hints.
New DDD releases and bug fixes are also announced here.
Send a mail to `email@example.com' for more
Some people and organizations offer support services for DDD.
See the file `SERVICE' in the DDD distribution for details.
Send suggestions and bug reports for DDD to `firstname.lastname@example.org'.
DDD source FTP sites
The DDD source package `ddd-1.2.tar.gz' will soon be at these FTP
sites as well. Please try them before `ftp.ips.cs.tu-bs.de' since
ftp.ips has a slow network connection.
Andreas Zeller (email@example.com)
Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
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