GDB-ADD-INDEX(1)                                       GNU Development Tools                                       GDB-ADD-INDEX(1)

       gdb-add-index - Add index files to speed up GDB

       gdb-add-index filename

       When GDB finds a symbol file, it scans the symbols in the file in order to construct an internal symbol table.  This lets
       most GDB operations work quickly--at the cost of a delay early on.  For large programs, this delay can be quite lengthy, so
       GDB provides a way to build an index, which speeds up startup.

       To determine whether a file contains such an index, use the command "readelf -S filename": the index is stored in a section
       named ".gdb_index".  The index file can only be produced on systems which use ELF binaries and DWARF debug information
       (i.e., sections named ".debug_*").

       gdb-add-index uses GDB and objdump found in the PATH environment variable.  If you want to use different versions of these
       programs, you can specify them through the GDB and OBJDUMP environment variables.

       See more in the GDB manual in node "Index Files" -- shell command "info -f gdb -n "Index Files"".

       The full documentation for GDB is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the "info" and "gdb" programs and GDB's Texinfo
       documentation are properly installed at your site, the command

               info gdb

       should give you access to the complete manual.

       Using GDB: A Guide to the GNU Source-Level Debugger, Richard M. Stallman and Roland H. Pesch, July 1991.

       Copyright (c) 1988-2023 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License,
       Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with the Invariant Sections being "Free
       Software" and "Free Software Needs Free Documentation", with the Front-Cover Texts being "A GNU Manual," and with the Back-
       Cover Texts as in (a) below.

       (a) The FSF's Back-Cover Text is: "You are free to copy and modify this GNU Manual.  Buying copies from GNU Press supports
       the FSF in developing GNU and promoting software freedom."

gdb-                                                         2023-02-25                                            GDB-ADD-INDEX(1)