"javac -g" - Controlling Debugging Information

This section describes 'javac -g' options to generate debugging information into the class output files. Debugging information in class file can be used by any debugging tools.

As we see earlier, the "-g" compiler option can be used to control how much debugging information should be generated into the class files. Here are the choices on how to use this option:

Choice   Option                 Information generated in class
     1   -g:none                No debug information
     2   -g:lines               Line number only
     3   -g:lines,source        Line number & source file
     4   (default)              Same as #3
     5   -g:lines,source,vars   Line number, source file & variables
     6   -g                     Same as #5

Of course, the more debugging information you generate in a class file, the more debugging power you will get when you debug this class. However, once your source code is fully debugged, you should recompile your code with "-g:none", so that you don't distribute you class file with any debugging information.

Leaving debugging information in your class file will have the following negative effects:

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Java Tools Terminology

 Java Tools Included in JDK

javac - The Java Program Compiler

 javac - Java Compilation Command and Options

 Compiling Hello.java - My First Java Program

 "javac -classpath" - Specifying Class Path

 "javac -verbose" - Printing Compilation Details

 "javac -sourcepath" - Specifying Source Path

 "javac -d" - Specifying Output Directory

 Two Types of "import" Statements

 "import" Statements Processed by "javac"

"javac -g" - Controlling Debugging Information

 "javac --module" - Compiling Entire Module

 "javac -X" - Specifying Non-Standard Options

 java - The Java Program Launcher

 jar - The JAR File Tool

 jlink - The JRE Linker

 jmod - The JMOD File Tool

 jimage - The JIMAGE File Tool

 jpackage - Binary Package Builder

 javadoc - The Java Document Generator

 jdeps - The Java Class Dependency Analyzer

 jdeprscan - The Java Deprecated API Scanner

 jdb - The Java Debugger

 jcmd - The JVM Diagnostic Tool

 jconsole - Java Monitoring and Management Console

 jstat - JVM Statistics Monitoring Tool

 JVM Troubleshooting Tools

 jhsdb - The Java HotSpot Debugger

 jvisualvm (Java VisualVM) - JVM Visual Tool

 jmc - Java Mission Control

 javap - The Java Class File Disassembler

 keytool - Public Key Certificate Tool

 jarsigner - JAR File Signer

 jshell - Java Language Shell

 jrunscript - Script Code Shell

 Miscellaneous Tools

 native2ascii - Native-to-ASCII Encoding Converter

 JAB (Java Access Bridge) for Windows

 Archived Tutorials


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