Sun Studio 12 Update 1: Debugging a Program With dbx

Parsing and Ambiguity

The syntax for event specifications and modifiers is:

Expressions can have spaces embedded in them, causing ambiguous situations. For example, consider the following two commands:

when a -temp
when a-temp

In the first example, even though the application might have a variable named temp, the dbx parser resolves the event specification in favor of-temp being a modifier. In the second example, a-temp is collectively passed to a language-specific expression parser. There must be variables named a and temp or an error occurs. Use parentheses to force parsing.