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AR# 19553

6.3/6.2 EDK, GDB - "Error: Don't know what debugger to call for compiler"


Keywords: GDB, debugger, compiler, EDK, XPS, know, what

Urgency: Standard

General Description:
When launching the GDB debugger, I receive the following error:

"Don't know what debugger to call for compiler"

What causes this? How do I resolve this issue?


This occurs when the compiler and archiver are not set for the project. Older versions of Base System Builder did not fill these fields in.

To solve this error:

1. In XPS, go to Options -> Compiler Options -> Environment tab.
2. Fill in the Compiler and Archiver fields with either:
powerpc-eabi-gcc and powerpc-eabi-ar
mb-gcc and mb-ar

This Base System Builder behavior is fixed in the current version of the EDK software. The first version containing this fix is EDK 6.1 SP1.
AR# 19553
Date Created 06/14/2004
Last Updated 04/10/2007
Status Archive
Type General Article