To edit the lines in a source file, use the
The editing program of your choice
is invoked with the current line set to
the active line in the program.
Alternatively, there are several ways to specify what part of the file you
want to print if you want to see other parts of the program:
location. Editing starts at that
location, e.g., at the specified source line of the specified file. See Specify Location, for all the possible forms of the
locationargument; here are the forms of the
editcommand most commonly used:
numberas the active line number.
functionat the beginning of its definition.
You can customize GDB to use any editor you want
By default, it is
/bin/ex, but you can change this
by setting the environment variable
EDITOR before using
GDB. For example, to configure GDB to use the
vi editor, you could use these commands with the
EDITOR=/usr/bin/vi export EDITOR gdb …
or in the
setenv EDITOR /usr/bin/vi gdb …
The only restriction is that your editor (say
ex), recognizes the
following command-line syntax:
ex +number file
The optional numeric value +
number specifies the number of the line in
the file where to start editing.