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Top 9 Free Linux Debuggers

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Debugging is the process of finding and reducing the number of bugs in computer software and electronic hardware. When a program crashes, the debugger shows the position in the original code. A good debugger plays an essential role in software development.

Here you will find three different types of debuggers:

  1. Source-level debuggers – debugger of source code
  2. Memory debuggers - tool for finding memory leaks and buffer overflows
  3. Bug Rracking Software - helps quality assurance and programmers keep track of reported software bugs
Top nine list - links for detailed reviews and download:

Source-level Debuggers
  1. GDB - The GNU Debugger
  2. DDD - The Data Display Debugger, a graphical debugger frontend
  3. Nemiver - Standalone graphical debugger for GNOME
Memory Debuggers
  1. Valgrind - A memory debugger and profiler
  2. Electric Fence - A malloc debugger
  3. D.U.M.A - Detect Unintended Memory Access - A Red-Zone memory allocator

Bug Tracking
  1. Bugzilla - Bug Tracking System available through a web interface
  2. Mantis - Issue tracker implemented in PHP and using MySQL as a database
  3. Trac - Project management and bug/issue tracking system

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