Target Commands

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Commands for managing targets

     Connects the GDB host environment to a target machine or process.
     A target is typically a protocol for talking to debugging
     facilities.  You use the argument TYPE to specify the type or
     protocol of the target machine.
     Further PARAMETERS are interpreted by the target protocol, but
     typically include things like device names or host names to connect
     with, process numbers, and baud rates.
     The `target' command does not repeat if you press <RET> again
     after executing the command.
`help target'
     Displays the names of all targets available.  To display targets
     currently selected, use either `info target' or `info files'
     (*note Commands to specify files: Files.).
`help target NAME'
     Describe a particular target, including any parameters necessary to
     select it.
`set gnutarget ARGS'
     GDB uses its own library BFD to read your files.  GDB knows
     whether it is reading an "executable", a "core", or a ".o" file;
     however, you can specify the file format with the `set gnutarget'
     command.  Unlike most `target' commands, with `gnutarget' the
     `target' refers to a program, not a machine.
          _Warning:_ To specify a file format with `set gnutarget', you
          must know the actual BFD name.
     *Note Commands to specify files: Files.
`show gnutarget'
     Use the `show gnutarget' command to display what file format
     `gnutarget' is set to read.  If you have not set `gnutarget', GDB
     will determine the file format for each file automatically, and
     `show gnutarget' displays `The current BDF target is "auto"'.
   Here are some common targets (available, or not, depending on the GDB
`target exec PROGRAM'
     An executable file.  `target exec PROGRAM' is the same as
     `exec-file PROGRAM'.
`target core FILENAME'
     A core dump file.  `target core FILENAME' is the same as
     `core-file FILENAME'.
`target remote DEV'
     Remote serial target in GDB-specific protocol.  The argument DEV
     specifies what serial device to use for the connection (e.g.
     `/dev/ttya'). *Note Remote debugging: Remote.  `target remote'
     supports the `load' command.  This is only useful if you have some
     other way of getting the stub to the target system, and you can put
     it somewhere in memory where it won't get clobbered by the
`target sim'
     Builtin CPU simulator.  GDB includes simulators for most
     architectures.  In general,
                  target sim
     works; however, you cannot assume that a specific memory map,
     device drivers, or even basic I/O is available, although some
     simulators do provide these.  For info about any
     processor-specific simulator details, see the appropriate section
     in *Note Embedded Processors: Embedded Processors.
   Some configurations may include these targets as well:
`target nrom DEV'
     NetROM ROM emulator.  This target only supports downloading.
   Different targets are available on different configurations of GDB;
your configuration may have more or fewer targets.
   Many remote targets require you to download the executable's code
once you've successfully established a connection.
     Depending on what remote debugging facilities are configured into
     GDB, the `load' command may be available.  Where it exists, it is
     meant to make FILENAME (an executable) available for debugging on
     the remote system--by downloading, or dynamic linking, for example.
     `load' also records the FILENAME symbol table in GDB, like the
     `add-symbol-file' command.
     If your GDB does not have a `load' command, attempting to execute
     it gets the error message "`You can't do that when your target is
     The file is loaded at whatever address is specified in the
     executable.  For some object file formats, you can specify the
     load address when you link the program; for other formats, like
     a.out, the object file format specifies a fixed address.
     `load' does not repeat if you press <RET> again after using it.