When I try stepping through a program, gdb throws this error

std::ostream::operator<< (this=0x6013c0 <std::cout@@GLIBCXX_3.4>, __n=2)
at /build/gcc/src/gcc-build/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/libstdc++-v3/include/bits/ostream.tcc:110
110     /build/gcc/src/gcc-build/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/libstdc++-v3/include/bits/ostream.tcc: No such file or directory.

This is the program I am trying to debug.

#include <iostream>

int printPrime(int, int);

int main()
    int t, c;
    std::cin >> t;
    c = t;
    int m[t], n[t];
    while (t--) {
        std::cin >> m[t] >> n[t];
    while (c--) {
        printPrime(m[c], n[c]);
        std::cout << std::endl;
    return 0;

int printPrime(int m, int n)
    do {
        int c = m;
        int lim = c>>2;
        if (c <= 1)  continue;
        while (c-- && c>lim) {
            if (m%c == 0) {
                if (c == 1) {
                    std::cout << m << std::endl;
    } while(m++ && m<=n);

There is no problem with the program code as it runs correctly. I guess it is a problem with my install of GDB on Arch. The error is shown when it encounters cin or cout.

This error doesn't show when I tried running it in my Ubuntu VM


I've filled a bug report against this issue: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/47220

This happens because the ostream source file cannot be found.

Workaround 1

You can strip the libstdc++ library:

sudo strip /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6

And then gdb will not try to open the source file and the error will not appear anymore.

You can switch back to the unstripped version by reinstalling it with:

sudo pacman -S gcc-libs

Workaround 2

You can add a substitution rule in gdb:

gdb tst
(gdb) set substitute-path /build/gcc/src/gcc-build/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/libstdc++-v3/include /usr/include/c++/5.2.0

2017 Update - Note you can now in launch.json

"setupCommands": [
    "description": "Enable pretty-printing for gdb",
    "text": "-enable-pretty-printing",
    "ignoreFailures": true
    "text": "set substitute-path /build/gcc/src/gcc-build/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/libstdc++-v3/include /usr/include/c++/7.2.0"

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