Nadja Nadja - 2 months ago 20
C Question

debugging in eclipse using gdb on mac - Failed to execute MI command: -exec-run

I have my Eclipse Kepler and my simple HelloWorld C-program, where I wanted to learn how to debug a C-program. When clicking on the debug-button, I get the following error message:

Error in final launch sequence
Failed to execute MI command:
Error message from debugger back end:
Unable to find Mach task port for process-id 359: (os/kern) failure (0x5).
Unable to find Mach task port for process-id 359: (os/kern) failure (0x5).

I searched the whole day and didn't find any solution. I already did all of the recommended things in this post Eclipse GDB MacOSX Mavericks and still get this error.

It would be really great, if somebody could help me out setting up the debugger in Eclipse.

Oh and I downloaded and installed gdb-apple via macports and I had to use the "-f" option with the codesign command as it didn't work without. Maybe these are important information.


Keep using gdb (not gdb-apple) and just do the following steps:

1- Create a certificate:

  • Start Keychain Access application (/Applications/Utilities/Keychain
  • Open menu /Keychain Access/Certificate Assistant/Create a Certificate...
  • Choose a name (gdb-cert in the example), set Identity Type to "Self Signed Root", set Certificate Type to "Code Signing" and select the "Let me override defaults".
  • Click several times on Continue until you get to the Specify a Location For The Certificate screen, then set Keychain to System.
  • Using the contextual menu for the certificate, select "Get Info", open the Trust item, and set Code Signing to "Always Trust".

2- You must quit Keychain Access application (named "taskgated",from activity monitor) and open it again in order to use the certificate.

3- Assign the certificate to gdb:

  • using the following command: $ codesign -s gdb-cert gdb

For more details, check this link:

if any of these steps are not clear, feel free to ask.