The Debug perspective lets you manage the debugging or running of a program
in the Workbench. You can control the execution of your program by setting
breakpoints, suspending launched programs, stepping through your code, and
examining the contents of variables.
The Debug perspective displays the following information:
- The stack frame for the suspended threads
for each target that you are debugging
- Each thread in your program represented as a node in the tree
- The process for each program that you are running
The Debug perspective also drives the C/C++ Editor. As you step
through your program, the C/C++ Editor highlights the location of the
You can view information about the variables in a selected stack frame in the
Variables view. When execution stops, the changed values are
by default highlighted in red. Like the other debug-related views, the Variables view does
not refresh as you run your executable. A refresh occurs when execution stops.
An expression is a snippet of code that can be evaluated to produce a result.
The context for an expression depends on the particular debug model. Some
expressions may need to be evaluated at a specific location in the program so
that the variables can be referenced. You can view information about expressions
in the Expressions view.
You can view information about the registers in a selected stack frame.
Values that have changed are highlighted in the Registers view when your program
You can inspect and change your process memory.
You can view disassembled code mixed with source information.
You can view information about the modules (executables and shared libraries) loaded
in the current debug session.
You can view the signals defined on the selected debug target and how the
debugger handles each one.
Overview of the CDT
Run and Debug dialog box