I was looking at Logging Output and had been trying this particular command -

set logging overwrite on

AFAI understood it, that command is supposed to overwrite the contents of gdb.txt but it does not. Is there a bug there or I haven't understood the meaning/syntax properly.

I am running -

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This is on Debian testing.

Looking at : Bugs in package gdb (version 7.12-6) in unstable

does not tell me much but then I'm no gdb expert or even an intermediate user. If somebody knows a bug which references the above behaviour please share that or if I'm lacking in understanding, please share that as well.

Update -

The exact commands are -

$ gdb qbittorrent 
(gdb) set logging overwrite on 
(gdb) set pagination 0
(gdb) run

when the application hanged/crashed via -

QXcbConnection: XCB error: 3 (BadWindow), sequence: 16699, resource id: 14227177, major code: 40 (TranslateCoords), minor code: 0
pure virtual method called
terminate called without an active exception

Thread 1 "qbittorrent" received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
__GI_raise (sig=sig@entry=6) at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c:51
51 ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c: No such file or directory. 

I did the requisite -

(gdb) bt
(gdb) bt full
(gdb) thread apply all bt

Now I was expecting that with theoverwrite on command gdb will overwrite the contents of gdb.txt from the current session as well as overwrie the time-stamp of the file, neither happened. Luckily, I hadn't closed the session so was able to copy the debug session contents to the maintainer and upstream so they could take a close look at what happened.

I am curious/not understanding as to why it didn't do the changes or am I understanding it wrong.

  • @xhienne is it ok now ?
    – shirish
    Oct 7, 2017 at 14:19

1 Answer 1


You missed the actual logging (set logging on):

(gdb) set logging overwrite on
(gdb) set logging on
  • aha, so one should after doing an overwrite on needs to do `logging on' as well, thank you for sharing that. Will check in sometime and confirm the same, thank you.
    – shirish
    Oct 7, 2017 at 14:35
  • @shirish Yes, owerwrite on/off is just an option to the subsequent logging commands. You can set logging on/off multiple times.
    – xhienne
    Oct 7, 2017 at 14:43

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