Visual Studio Debugger FAQ

Introduction This FAQ can be used to narrow down the problems associated with debugging any type of solution using any version of Visual Studio from 7.0 to 2008.   Please be aware that this is very much a work-in progress.  Please continue to refer to it as it is updated.   Prerequisites ·         What steps…

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Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #12

I’ve had loads of people ask me the question: “Is there any way to step into a function without having to bother stepping into all the properties that might have to be executed as parameters before getting to what I’m really interested in?” The standard answer for Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 has…

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Why does Visual Studio require debugger symbol files to *exactly* match the binary files that they were built with?

Recently a coworker of mine lost the symbol file for one of his binaries.  Because he needed to debug that binary, getting those symbols back was of utmost importance since debugging without them is near impossible.  He decided to try and use a symbol file from a previous build whose sources exactly matched.  Much to his…

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