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Preparing a Test Machine To Run a Debug Executable

To prepare a computer to test the debug version of an application built with Visual C++ you need to deploy debug versions of Visual C++ libraries that the application depends on. To identify what libraries have to be deployed, follow the steps outlined in Understanding Dependencies of a Visual C++ Application. Debug versions of Visual C++ library DLLs usually have names that end in "d"; for example, the debug version of the CRT DLL msvcr90.dll is named msvcr90d.dll.

NoteNote:

Debug versions of an application are not redistributable and none of the debug versions of the various Visual C++ dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) are redistributable. Debug versions of an application and Visual C++ libraries can only be deployed to another computer internal to your development site for the sole purpose of debugging and testing your application on a computer that does not have Visual C++ 2005 installed. For more information please see, Redistributing Visual C++ Files.

There are two ways of deploying debug versions of Visual C++ libraries along with the debug version of an application:

  1. Use Merge Modules to install a debug version of a particular Visual C++ library as shared side-by-side assemblies into the native assembly cache (WinSxS folder). An example of this deployment may be found in How to: Deploy a Setup and Deployment Project.

    NoteNote:

    Visual C++ Express does not support Setup Projects.

  2. Install a particular Visual C++ assembly as a private assembly for the application using files provide in the Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\Redist\debug_nonredist\ directory. An example may be found in How to: Deploy using XCopy.

    NoteNote:

    For remote debugging your application on another computer, you have to deploy debug versions of Visual C++ libraries as shared side-by-side assemblies. You may either use Setup projects or Windows Installer to install corresponding merge modules using the steps described above. After Visual C++ libraries are installed you may run a remote debugger off a network share. For more information on remote debugging, please see How to: Set Up Remote Debugging.

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