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VGDB(1) 				  Release 3.9.0 				  VGDB(1)

       vgdb - intermediary between Valgrind and GDB or a shell

       vgdb [options]

       vgdb ("Valgrind to GDB") is used as an intermediary between Valgrind and GDB or a shell.
       It has two usage modes:

	1. As a standalone utility, it is used from a shell command line to send monitor commands
	   to a process running under Valgrind. For this usage, the vgdb OPTION(s) must be
	   followed by the monitor command to send. To send more than one command, separate them
	   with the -c option.

	2. In combination with GDB "target remote |" command, it is used as the relay application
	   between GDB and the Valgrind gdbserver. For this usage, only OPTION(s) can be given,
	   but no COMMAND can be given.

	   Specifies the PID of the process to which vgdb must connect to. This option is useful
	   in case more than one Valgrind gdbserver can be connected to. If the --pid argument is
	   not given and multiple Valgrind gdbserver processes are running, vgdb will report the
	   list of such processes and then exit.

	   Must be given to both Valgrind and vgdb if you want to change the default prefix for
	   the FIFOs (named pipes) used for communication between the Valgrind gdbserver and

	   Instructs vgdb to search for available Valgrind gdbservers for the specified number of
	   seconds. This makes it possible start a vgdb process before starting the Valgrind
	   gdbserver with which you intend the vgdb to communicate. This option is useful when
	   used in conjunction with a --vgdb-prefix that is unique to the process you want to
	   wait for. Also, if you use the --wait argument in the GDB "target remote" command, you
	   must set the GDB remotetimeout to a value bigger than the --wait argument value. See
	   option --max-invoke-ms (just below) for an example of setting the remotetimeout value.

	   Gives the number of milliseconds after which vgdb will force the invocation of
	   gdbserver embedded in Valgrind. The default value is 100 milliseconds. A value of 0
	   disables forced invocation. The forced invocation is used when vgdb is connected to a
	   Valgrind gdbserver, and the Valgrind process has all its threads blocked in a system

	   If you specify a large value, you might need to increase the GDB "remotetimeout" value
	   from its default value of 2 seconds. You should ensure that the timeout (in seconds)
	   is bigger than the --max-invoke-ms value. For example, for --max-invoke-ms=5000, the
	   following GDB command is suitable:

		   (gdb) set remotetimeout 6

	   Instructs a standalone vgdb to exit if the Valgrind gdbserver it is connected to does
	   not process a command in the specified number of seconds. The default value is to
	   never time out.

	   Instructs vgdb to use tcp/ip and listen for GDB on the specified port nr rather than
	   to use a pipe to communicate with GDB. Using tcp/ip allows to have GDB running on one
	   computer and debugging a Valgrind process running on another target computer. Example:

	       # On the target computer, start your program under valgrind using
	       valgrind --vgdb-error=0 prog
	       # and then in another shell, run:
	       vgdb --port=1234

	   On the computer which hosts GDB, execute the command:

	       gdb prog
	       (gdb) target remote targetip:1234

	   where targetip is the ip address or hostname of the target computer.

	   To give more than one command to a standalone vgdb, separate the commands by an option
	   -c. Example:

	       vgdb v.set log_output -c leak_check any

	   Instructs a standalone vgdb to report the list of the Valgrind gdbserver processes
	   running and then exit.

	   Instructs a standalone vgdb to show the state of the shared memory used by the
	   Valgrind gdbserver. vgdb will exit after having shown the Valgrind gdbserver shared
	   memory state.

	   Instructs vgdb to produce debugging output. Give multiple -d args to increase the
	   verbosity. When giving -d to a relay vgdb, you better redirect the standard error
	   (stderr) of vgdb to a file to avoid interaction between GDB and vgdb debugging output.

       valgrind(1), $INSTALL/share/doc/valgrind/html/index.html or
       http://www.valgrind.org/docs/manual/index.html, Debugging your program using Valgrind's
       gdbserver and GDB[1]vgdb[2], Valgrind monitor commands[3].

       Philippe Waroquiers.

	1. Debugging your program using Valgrind's gdbserver and GDB

	2. vgdb

	3. Valgrind monitor commands

Release 3.9.0				    11/01/2013					  VGDB(1)
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