I want to debug some C++ code in emacs with gdb. I tried to enter gdb with the command:

M-x RET gdb RET

Then I get a prompt that reads:

Enable debuginfod for this session? (y or [n])

Whatever I type, the exact same prompt comes up. I can run gdb from the command line perfectly fine and compiled it with g++ main.cpp -o main -g. However, inside of emacs, I can't.

I encountered something similar while trying to type input in the compilation buffer which I couldn't do. There the command C-u M-x compile command helped. I wanted to try this in this scenario as well but still the same prompt comes up over and over again. I don't have much experience with emacs in general so I appreciate any help :)

2 Answers 2


Emacs isn’t expecting a prompt from GDB here, so just change your GDB configuration so that there is no prompt. A quick search that anyone could have done suggests that adding set debuginfod enabled to your ~/.gdbinit file will fix it.

  • I didn't have that file. I created it, added the snippet. But it still shows up. I also added that off option afterwards.. Didn't work Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 20:38
  • I also have a ~/.gdbinit file and adding it above the python script and it worked with the off option. Thanks Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 20:47
  • I think the correct config file now is ~/.gdbinit, not ~/.gdbrc Commented Jan 16 at 18:53
  • It’s always been ~/.gdbinit, as far as I know. It’s just that every other program in the world uses a filename that ends in rc.
    – db48x
    Commented Jan 17 at 5:45

I think your problem is a recent regression. That's not the way it used to behave.

Sometimes, when M-x gdb RET fails, M-x gud-gdb RET still works. The gud-gdb mode doesn't have a rich graphical interface, so it's not the best debugging that emacs offers. However, it still shows the current line in your source code when single-stepping, so it's still better than gdb alone. If your only goal is to use gdb from emacs, this may work for you.

You will need to know gdb commands to use gud-gdb.

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