From my (Debian wheezy) part, i used to build and debug with Anjuta (3.8.4).
You do’nt need to setup the wall project (from makefile has you can found (shipped from git) in each synfig sub-project folders xx/synfig-studio/synfig-studio.anjuta , xx/synfig-core/synfig-core.anjuta and xx/synfig-ETL/synfig-ETL.anjuta … (maybe you should configure also Anjuta/Menu/Execute/Project … i do’nt remember)
Now, i build / debug using Eclispe IDE (3.8) and CDT plugins , who have some advantage … but also some problem (can’t do pause / or add breakpoint at fly)…
Maybe soon i will test , the last Anjuta version ( 3.13.92 - September 14, 2014)
When i want to build from scratch the wall project i use this script (before with i little “make clean” in each sub project i have added as parameter)
see you …