NikhilS <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> True, this is how I myself circumvent this problem too. But IMHO,
> explicitly passing CFLAGS when we are invoking --enable-debug (which does
> add -g, but leaves some optimization flag around which deters debugging)
> does not seem correct?

If we did what you suggest, then --enable-debug would cause performance
degradation, which would cause people to not use it, which would result
in most binaries being completely undebuggable rather than only partially.
Doesn't sound like a good tradeoff to me.

Personally, in my development tree I use a Makefile.custom containing

# back off optimization unless profiling
ifeq ($(PROFILE),)
   CFLAGS:= $(patsubst -O2,-O1,$(CFLAGS))

-O1 still generates "uninitialized variable" warnings but the code is a
lot saner to step through ... not perfect, but saner.  It's been a
workable compromise for a long time.  I don't recommend developing with
-O0, exactly because it disables some mighty valuable warnings.

                        regards, tom lane

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