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Valgrind is an instrumentation framework for building dynamic analysis tools. There are Valgrind tools that can automatically detect many memory management and threading bugs, and profile your programs in detail. You can also use Valgrind to build new tools.
The following steps can be used to install valgrind from the commandline (courtesy of 'the Hard Way to Learn C').
# 1) Download it (use wget if you don't have curl) curl -O http://valgrind.org/downloads/valgrind-3.6.1.tar.bz2 # use md5sum to make sure it matches the one on the site md5sum valgrind-3.6.1.tar.bz2 # 2) Unpack it. tar -xjvf valgrind-3.6.1.tar.bz2 # cd into the newly created directory cd valgrind-3.6.1 # 3) configure it ./configure # 4) make it make # 5) install it (switch to root if necessary) make install