Libcwd attempts to determine the source file and line number where memory is allocated. It does this by directly reading the .debug_line (DWARF2) or .stabs (STABS) section of the ELF32 object files. If you are using an Operating System that isn't ELF32 then you need to enable the use of GNU libbfd for this to work by configuring libcwd with --enable-libbfd . If you don't have an ELF32 system and you don't have GNU libbfd installed and are not able to install it yourself (note: you also need libiberty and libdl) then you can disable it using --disable-location . There is a seperate page that deals with libcwd and location support. This paragraph describes the effect of disabling source file and line number location support in relation to the memory allocation debugging support.
MALLOC : operator new (size = 4) = <unfinished> BFD : 0x804bc9b is at (deb.cc:179) MALLOC : <continued> 0x8137220
which means that
operator new was called at address 0x804bc9b corresponding to line 179 of source file
Source file and line number information is also shown in the overview of allocated memory and when a memory block is freed.
Without support the source file and line number information will not be available. Debug channel dc::bfd doesn't exist and the Allocated memory Overview will lack the source file location in column three. Finally, there will be no alloc_ct::location() method.