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Managing Symbols and Source Code

The debugger works with several files in order to cross-reference memory to the source files used to build the assembly. This section describes these files, and several options and helpful tools that are available.

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SQL Debugging Software Requirements

Describes PDB files and how they are generated for C++.

PDB Files (C#, J#, and Visual Basic)

Describes PDB files and how they are generated for C#, J#, and Visual Basic.

DBG Files

(C++ only) Describes DBG files, which permit debugging when source code is missing for certain modules, such libraries or Windows APIs. DBG files also permit debugging OLE RPC.

How to: Specify a Symbol Path

Describes where to find PDB and DBG files when not in their default locations.

Installing Symbols for Debugging System Call Crashes

Describes how to use a Symbol Server for debugging crashes that happen inside system calls.

How to: Get Source Code Using Source Server

Describes how to get the correct version of the source code if not available on the local machine.

Related Sections

Debug Source Files, Common Properties, Solution Property Pages Dialog Box

Specifies where the debugger will look for source files when debugging.

Symbols, Debugging, Options Dialog Box

Specifies where the debugger will look for symbols when debugging.

Debug Settings and Preparation

Describes the debugger-related property settings, and the preparation needed in order to debug your program with the Visual Studio debugger.

See Also

Concepts

Debugger Security

Other Resources

Debugger Roadmap

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