I am using Scientific Linux (SL). I am trying to compile a project that uses a bunch of C++ (.cpp) files.

In the directory user/project/Build, I enter make to compile and link all the .cpp files. I then have to go to user/run/ and then type ./run.sh values.txt

To debug with GDB, I have to go to user/run and then type gdb ../project/Build/bin/Project and to run, I enter run -Project INPUT/inputfile.txt. However, I am trying to print out the value of variable using p variablename.

However, I get the message s1 = <value optimized out>. I have done some research online, and it seems I need to compile without optimizations using -O0 to resolve this. But where do I enter that? In the CMakeLists? If so, which CMakeLists? The one in project/Build or project/src/project?

  • Have you tried simply running cmake again with the build type set to DEBUG? e.g. (from the Build directory) cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=DEBUG .. – steeldriver Feb 28 '15 at 23:01
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    Why wasn't this posted on Stack Overflow? – Peter Mortensen Aug 30 '18 at 13:49

Chip's answer was helpful, however since the SET line overwrote CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS_DEBUG this removed the -g default which caused my executable to be built without debug info. I needed to make a small additional modification to CMakeLists.txt in the project source directory to get an executable built with debugging info and -O0 optimizations (on cmake version

I added the following to CMakeLists.txt to add -O0 and leave -g enabled:

# Add -O0 to remove optimizations when using gcc

This adds the -O0 optimization to flags already used for debug by CMake and only is included for GCC builds if you happen to be using a cross platform project.


Or at invocation time:

      -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS_DEBUG="-g -O0" \

and then confirm with:

make VERBOSE=1

to show the GCC build commands as explained at: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5820303/how-do-i-force-make-gcc-to-show-me-the-commands

Tested on Ubuntu 17.04, CMake 3.7.2.


Add this to CMakeLists.txt (the one in the project source directory; don't touch anything in the build directory):


and then

$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug

will work. Alternatively just add this to CMakeLists.txt:


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