[gmx-developers] debug build: cannot find debug symbols in gmxlib/mdlib folder

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Sat Mar 9 17:24:39 CET 2013


I gather you're using GROMACS 4.5. The libtool system we used has been not
supported for quite some years. However, I've never heard of this kind of
thing being a problem. My first suspicion is that the build tree has gotten
out of sync with something. If you can clean up your whole build tree,
rebuild and still reproduce the problem, then I'd then suggest you switch
to using the CMake build provided by GROMACS 4.5 (
If there's still a problem, then there's some issue we might want to fix
(but I highly doubt it!).


On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM, Tianwu Zang <tz4 at rice.edu> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am new here and I am trying to to debug build the GROMACS source code.
> I found if I make CFLAGS=-g3 -O0, I can successfully check codes in folder
> kernel using any debugger, however, fail to see codes in gmxlib/mdlib
> folder
> since "no debug symbols". For example, when I am trying to debug mdrun, I
> can see non-assembly codes of function "do_md" in /kernel/md.c but cannot
> see codes of function "do_force" which is in /mdlib/force.c .
> On the other hand, I have found there seems to have debug symbols in every
> object files and "*.so" files in each folder, like:
> 00000000 N .debug_abbrev
> 00000000 N .debug_aranges
> 00000000 N .debug_info
> 00000000 N .debug_line
> 00000000 N .debug_loc
> 00000000 N .debug_macinfo
> 00000000 N .debug_str
> but since GROMACS uses libtool to generate libraries, does it mean that I
> should add other flags to make codes in libraries seeable?
> Thank you so much!
> -Mark
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