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Commands for managing targets

target type parameters
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 (see section Commands to specify files).
help target name
Describe a particular target, including any parameters necessary to select it.
set gnutarget args
GDBuses 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. See section Commands to specify 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 configuration):

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'). See section Remote debugging. target remote now 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 download.
target sim
CPU simulator. See section Simulated CPU target.
target udi keyword
Remote AMD29K target, using the AMD UDI protocol. The keyword argument specifies which 29K board or simulator to use. See section The UDI protocol for AMD29K.
target amd-eb dev speed PROG
Remote PC-resident AMD EB29K board, attached over serial lines. dev is the serial device, as for target remote; speed allows you to specify the linespeed; and PROG is the name of the program to be debugged, as it appears to DOS on the PC. See section The EBMON protocol for AMD29K.
target hms dev
A Hitachi SH, H8/300, or H8/500 board, attached via serial line to your host. Use special commands device and speed to control the serial line and the communications speed used. See section GDB and Hitachi microprocessors.
target nindy devicename
An Intel 960 board controlled by a Nindy Monitor. devicename is the name of the serial device to use for the connection, e.g. `/dev/ttya'. See section GDB with a remote i960 (Nindy).
target st2000 dev speed
A Tandem ST2000 phone switch, running Tandem's STDBUG protocol. dev is the name of the device attached to the ST2000 serial line; speed is the communication line speed. The arguments are not used if GDB is configured to connect to the ST2000 using TCP or Telnet. See section GDB with a Tandem ST2000.
target vxworks machinename
A VxWorks system, attached via TCP/IP. The argument machinename is the target system's machine name or IP address. See section GDB and VxWorks.
target cpu32bug dev
CPU32BUG monitor, running on a CPU32 (M68K) board.
target op50n dev
OP50N monitor, running on an OKI HPPA board.
target w89k dev
W89K monitor, running on a Winbond HPPA board.
target est dev
EST-300 ICE monitor, running on a CPU32 (M68K) board.
target rom68k dev
ROM 68K monitor, running on an IDP board.
target array dev
Array Tech LSI33K RAID controller board.
target sparclite dev
Fujitsu sparclite boards, used only for the purpose of loading. You must use an additional command to debug the program. For example: target remote dev using GDB standard remote protocol.

Different targets are available on different configurations of GDB; your configuration may have more or fewer targets.

Choosing target byte order

You can now choose which byte order to use with a target system. Use the set endian big and set endian little commands. Use the set endian auto command to instruct GDB to use the byte order associated with the executable. You can see the current setting for byte order with the show endian command. Warning: Currently, only embedded MIPS configurations support dynamic selection of target byte order.

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