Updated: April 19, 2023

The libbacktrace library gives you a way to programmatically backtrace a running process from within itself. You can use backtracing for debugging, as well as for diagnostics or logging. Most of the time, you should use gdb for debugging.

The backtrace library lets you:

The backtrace library is compatible with QNX Neutrino 6.3.0 SP2 or later.

Note the following:

Note: The backtrace library is an unsupported feature, due to its fragility. The functionality it offers is available via gdb in a safer and more stable way; gdb uses debugging information to unwind, while backtrace uses guessing — it decodes instructions/stack/registers to figure out the return address, and this is prone to errors. GDB uses such guessing only as a fallback when symbols aren't available.

Due to multiple gcc versions that can be used, and in each of them probable different optimizations, backtrace accuracy is directly affected; it is almost certain the backtrace won't work in many cases.