GDB 8.0 released!

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GDB 8.0 released!

Joel Brobecker


            GDB 8.0 released!

Release 8.0 of GDB, the GNU Debugger, is now available via anonymous
FTP.  GDB is a source-level debugger for Ada, C, C++, Objective-C,
Pascal and many other languages.  GDB can target (i.e., debug programs
running on) more than a dozen different processor architectures, and GDB
itself can run on most popular GNU/Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows
variants.

You can download GDB from the GNU FTP server in the directory:

        ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gdb

The vital stats:

  Size   md5sum                            Name
  19MiB  c3d35cd949084be53b92cc1e03485f88  gdb-8.0.tar.xz
  35MiB  9bb49d134916e73b2c01d01bf20363df  gdb-8.0.tar.gz

There is a web page for GDB at:

        http://www.gnu.org/software/gdb/

That page includes information about GDB mailing lists (an announcement
mailing list, developers discussion lists, etc.), details on how to
access GDB's source repository, locations for development snapshots,
preformatted documentation, and links to related information around
the net.  We will put errata notes and host-specific tips for this release
on-line as any problems come up.  All mailing lists archives are also
browsable via the web.

Building this version of GDB now requires the following tools:
  - A C++-11 compiler (for instance, GCC 4.8 or later);
  - GNU make version 3.81 or later.

GDB 8.0 brings the following fixes and improvements, including:

  * C++: Support for rvalue references

  * Python scripting enhancements:
    ** New functions to start, stop and access a running btrace recording.
    ** Rvalue reference support in gdb.Type.

  * GDB commands interpreter:
    ** User commands now accept an unlimited number of arguments.
    ** The "eval" command now expands user-defined arguments.

  * DWARF version 5 support
    (note that its .debug_names index is not supported yet).

  * GDB/MI enhancements:
    ** New -file-list-shared-libraries command to list the shared
       libraries in the program.
    ** New -target-flash-erase command, to erase flash memory.

  * Support for native FreeBSD/mips (mips*-*-freebsd)

  * Support for the following targets:
    ** Synopsys ARC (arc*-*-elf32)
    ** FreeBSD/mips (mips*-*-freebsd)

  * Miscellaneous enhancements:
    ** Command-line redirection now supported on MS-Windows hosts.
    ** Support for thread names on MS-Windows.
    ** Support for the PKU register on GNU/Linux.
    ** Support for Target descriptions on sparc32 and sparc64.
    ** New GDB/CLI command to erase flash memory
    ** rdrand and rdseed instructions record/replay support.

Support for the following features have been removed:

  * Support for Java programs compiled with gcj

  * Support for the following configurations:
    ** FreeBSD/alpha (alpha*-*-freebsd*)
    ** GNU/kFreeBSD/alpha (alpha*-*-kfreebsd*-gnu)

For a complete list and more details on each item, please see the
gdb/NEWS file.

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Joel Brobecker