why don't add gdb package?

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Thu Apr 6 18:15:54 PDT 2006

Dan Nicholson wrote:

> I'm not a programmer, but this is my guess.  In order for gdb to be
> able to properly debug binaries, it needs to link libbfd.a and
> libiberty.a into the gdb binary.  It builds its own since it can't
> depend on the host and it may be tied to specific versions of libbfd
> and libiberty.  The fact that they're installed seems to be a flaw
> since running gdb shouldn't depend on static libraries being present
> on the host.

I signed up on the gdb mailing list and asked why the libraries are
installed over binutils' libraries.  Maybe we'll get an answer.

  -- Bruce

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