Operators must be defined on values of specific types. For instance,
+ is defined on numbers, but not on structures. Operators are
often defined on groups of types.
For the purposes of C and C
++, the following definitions hold:
intwith any of its storage-class specifiers;
enum; and, for C
long double(if supported by the target platform).
The following operators are supported. They are listed here in order of increasing precedence:
The comma or sequencing operator. Expressions in a comma-separated list are evaluated from left to right, with the result of the entire expression being the last expression evaluated.
Assignment. The value of an assignment expression is the value assigned. Defined on scalar types.
Used in an expression of the form
a op= b,
and translated to
a = a op b.
= have the same precedence. The operator
op is any one of the operators
The ternary operator.
a ? b : c can be thought
of as: if
c. The argument
should be of an integral type.
Logical OR. Defined on integral types.
Logical AND. Defined on integral types.
Bitwise OR. Defined on integral types.
Bitwise exclusive-OR. Defined on integral types.
Bitwise AND. Defined on integral types.
Equality and inequality. Defined on scalar types. The value of these expressions is 0 for false and non-zero for true.
<, >, <=, >=
Less than, greater than, less than or equal, greater than or equal. Defined on scalar types. The value of these expressions is 0 for false and non-zero for true.
left shift, and right shift. Defined on integral types.
The GDB “artificial array” operator (see Expressions).
Addition and subtraction. Defined on integral types, floating-point types and pointer types.
*, /, %
Multiplication, division, and modulus. Multiplication and division are defined on integral and floating-point types. Modulus is defined on integral types.
Increment and decrement. When appearing before a variable, the operation is performed before the variable is used in an expression; when appearing after it, the variable’s value is used before the operation takes place.
Pointer dereferencing. Defined on pointer types. Same precedence as
Address operator. Defined on variables. Same precedence as
For debugging C
++, GDB implements a use of ‘
&’ beyond what is
allowed in the C
++ language itself: you can use ‘
to examine the address
where a C
++ reference variable (declared with ‘
Negative. Defined on integral and floating-point types. Same
Logical negation. Defined on integral types. Same precedence as
Bitwise complement operator. Defined on integral types. Same precedence as
Structure member, and pointer-to-structure member. For convenience,
GDB regards the two as equivalent, choosing whether to dereference a
pointer based on the stored type information.
Dereferences of pointers to members.
a[i] is defined as
*(a+i). Same precedence as
Function parameter list. Same precedence as
++ scope resolution operator. Defined on
Doubled colons also represent the GDB scope operator
(see Expressions). Same precedence as
If an operator is redefined in the user code, GDB usually attempts to invoke the redefined version instead of using the operator’s predefined meaning.