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StackTrace Class

Represents a stack trace, which is an ordered collection of one or more stack frames.

For a list of all members of this type, see StackTrace Members.

System.Object
   System.Diagnostics.StackTrace

[Visual Basic]
<Serializable>
Public Class StackTrace
[C#]
[Serializable]
public class StackTrace
[C++]
[Serializable]
public __gc class StackTrace
[JScript]
public
   Serializable
class StackTrace

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Remarks

StackTrace information will be most informative with Debug build configurations. By default, Debug builds include debug symbols, while Release builds do not. The debug symbols contain most of the file, method name, line number, and column information used in constructing StackFrame and StackTrace objects. StackTrace might not report as many method calls as expected, due to code transformations that occur during optimization.

Example

[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following console application demonstrates how to create a simple StackTrace and iterate through its frames to obtain debugging and diagnostic information.

[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

Class StackTraceSample
   
    <STAThread()>  _
    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim sample As New StackTraceSample()
        Try
   
            sample.MyPublicMethod()
        Catch
            ' Create a StackTrace that captures
            ' filename, line number, and column
            ' information for the current thread.
            Dim st As New StackTrace(True)
            Dim i As Integer

            For i = 0 To st.FrameCount - 1

                ' Note that high up the call stack, there is only
                ' one stack frame.
                Dim sf As StackFrame = st.GetFrame(i)
                Console.WriteLine()
                Console.WriteLine("High up the call stack, Method: {0}", _
                    sf.GetMethod())
            
                Console.WriteLine("High up the call stack, Line Number: {0}", _
                    sf.GetFileLineNumber())
            Next i
        End Try
    End Sub
   
   Public Sub MyPublicMethod()
      MyProtectedMethod()
   End Sub
    
   Protected Sub MyProtectedMethod()
      Dim mic As New MyInternalClass()
      mic.ThrowsException()
   End Sub
   
   
   Class MyInternalClass
      
      Public Sub ThrowsException()
         Try
            Throw New Exception("A problem was encountered.")
         Catch e As Exception

            ' Create a StackTrace that captures filename,
            ' line number and column information.
            Dim st As New StackTrace(True)

            Dim stackIndent As String = ""
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To st.FrameCount - 1
               ' Note that at this level, there are four
               ' stack frames, one for each method invocation.
               Dim sf As StackFrame = st.GetFrame(i)
               Console.WriteLine()
               Console.WriteLine(stackIndent + " Method: {0}", _
                   sf.GetMethod())
               Console.WriteLine(stackIndent + " File: {0}", _
                   sf.GetFileName())
               Console.WriteLine(stackIndent + " Line Number: {0}", _
                   sf.GetFileLineNumber())
               stackIndent += "  "
            Next i
            Throw e
         End Try
      End Sub
   End Class
End Class


' This console application produces the following output when
' compiled with the Debug configuration.
'   
'    Method: Void ThrowsException()
'    File: c:\pp\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.vb
'    Line Number: 55
' 
'      Method: Void MyProtectedMethod()
'      File: c:\pp\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.vb
'      Line Number: 42
' 
'        Method: Void MyPublicMethod()
'        File: c:\pp\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.vb
'        Line Number: 37
' 
'          Method: Void Main(System.String[])
'          File: c:\pp\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.vb
'          Line Number: 13
' 
'   High up the call stack, Method: Void Main(System.String[])
'   High up the call stack, Line Number: 18
' 
' 
' This console application produces the following output when
' compiled with the Release configuration.
' 
'    Method: Void ThrowsException()
'    File:
'    Line Number: 0
' 
'      Method: Void Main(System.String[])
'      File:
'      Line Number: 0
' 
'   High up the call stack, Method: Void Main()
'   High up the call stack, Line Number: 0
'

[C#] 
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;

class StackTraceSample
{
    [STAThread]
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        StackTraceSample sample = new StackTraceSample();
        try
        {
            sample.MyPublicMethod();
        }
        catch (Exception)
        {
            // Create a StackTrace that captures
            // filename, line number, and column
            // information for the current thread.
            StackTrace st = new StackTrace(true);
            for(int i =0; i< st.FrameCount; i++ )
            {
                // Note that high up the call stack, there is only
                // one stack frame.
                StackFrame sf = st.GetFrame(i);
                Console.WriteLine();
                Console.WriteLine("High up the call stack, Method: {0}",
                    sf.GetMethod());

                Console.WriteLine("High up the call stack, Line Number: {0}",
                    sf.GetFileLineNumber());
            }
        }
    }

    public void MyPublicMethod () 
    { 
        MyProtectedMethod(); 
    }

    protected void MyProtectedMethod ()
    {
        MyInternalClass mic = new MyInternalClass();
        mic.ThrowsException();
    }

    class MyInternalClass
    {
        public void ThrowsException()
        {
            try
            {
                throw new Exception("A problem was encountered.");
            }
            catch (Exception e)
            {
                // Create a StackTrace that captures filename,
                // line number and column information.
                StackTrace st = new StackTrace(true);
                string stackIndent = "";
                for(int i =0; i< st.FrameCount; i++ )
                {
                    // Note that at this level, there are four
                    // stack frames, one for each method invocation.
                    StackFrame sf = st.GetFrame(i);
                    Console.WriteLine();
                    Console.WriteLine(stackIndent + " Method: {0}",
                        sf.GetMethod() );
                    Console.WriteLine(  stackIndent + " File: {0}", 
                        sf.GetFileName());
                    Console.WriteLine(  stackIndent + " Line Number: {0}",
                        sf.GetFileLineNumber());
                    stackIndent += "  ";
                }
                throw e;
            }
        }
    }
}

/*
This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Debug configuration.
  
   Method: Void ThrowsException()
   File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cs
   Line Number: 59

     Method: Void MyProtectedMethod()
     File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cs
     Line Number: 45

       Method: Void MyPublicMethod()
       File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cs
       Line Number: 39

         Method: Void Main(System.String[])
         File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cs
         Line Number: 13

  High up the call stack, Method: Void Main(System.String[])
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 20


This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Release configuration.

   Method: Void ThrowsException()
   File:
   Line Number: 0

     Method: Void Main(System.String[])
     File:
     Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: Void Main(System.String[])
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

*/

[C++] 
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Diagnostics;

__gc class StackTraceSample {
private:
    __gc class MyInternalClass {
    public:
        void ThrowsException() {
            try {
                throw new Exception(S"A problem was encountered.");
            } 
            catch (Exception* e) {
                // Create a StackTrace that captures
                // filename, line number, and column
                // information for the current thread.
                StackTrace *st = new StackTrace(true);
                String *stackIndent = S"";
                for(int i =0; i< st->FrameCount; i++ )
                {
                    // Note that at this level, there are five
                    // stack frames, one for each method invocation.
                    StackFrame *sf = st->GetFrame(i);
                    Console::WriteLine();
                    Console::WriteLine(S"{0}Method: {1}",
                        stackIndent, sf->GetMethod() );
                    Console::WriteLine(S"{0}File: {1}", 
                        stackIndent, sf->GetFileName());
                    Console::WriteLine(S"{0}Line Number: {1}",
                        stackIndent, sf->GetFileLineNumber().ToString());
                    stackIndent = String::Concat(stackIndent,  S"  ");
                }
                throw e;
            }
        }
    };

protected:
    void MyProtectedMethod() {
        MyInternalClass* mic = new MyInternalClass();
        mic->ThrowsException();
    }

public:
    void MyPublicMethod () {
        MyProtectedMethod();
    }
};

int main() {
        StackTraceSample* sample = new StackTraceSample();
        try {
            sample->MyPublicMethod();
        } catch (Exception*) 
        {
            // Create a StackTrace that captures
            // filename, line number, and column
            // information for the current thread.
            StackTrace *st = new StackTrace(true);

            for(int i =0; i< st->FrameCount; i++ )
            {
                // For an executable built from C++, there
                // are two stack frames here: one for main,
                // and one for the _mainCRTStartup stub. 
                StackFrame *sf = st->GetFrame(i);
                Console::WriteLine();
                Console::WriteLine(S"High up the call stack, Method: {0}",
                    sf->GetMethod()->ToString());

                Console::WriteLine(S"High up the call stack, Line Number: {0}",
                    sf->GetFileLineNumber().ToString());
            }
        }
    }


/*
This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Debug configuration.

  Method: Void ThrowsException()
  File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
  Line Number: 20

    Method: Void MyProtectedMethod()
    File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
    Line Number: 45

      Method: Void MyPublicMethod()
      File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
      Line Number: 50
 
        Method: Int32 main()
        File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
        Line Number: 56

          Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
          File:
          Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: Int32 main()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 62

  High up the call stack, Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Release configuration.

  Method: Void ThrowsException()
  File:
  Line Number: 0

    Method: Int32 main()
    File:
    Line Number: 0

      Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
      File:
      Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: Int32 main()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

*/

[JScript] No example is available for JScript. To view a Visual Basic, C#, or C++ example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

Requirements

Namespace: System.Diagnostics

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

Assembly: Mscorlib (in Mscorlib.dll)

See Also

StackTrace Members | System.Diagnostics Namespace | Exception.StackTrace | Environment.StackTrace | ServerFault.StackTrace

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