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Symbol Handler Initialization

The symbol handler is designed to track various sets of symbol files.

To initialize the symbol handler, call the SymInitialize function. The hProcess parameter can be a unique arbitrary number, a value returned from the GetCurrentProcess function, or the identifier of any running process. The fInvadeProcess parameter indicates whether the symbol handler should enumerate the modules loaded by the process and load symbols for each of its modules. If fInvadeProcess is TRUE, the hProcess parameter must be the value returned from GetCurrentProcess or the identifier of an existing process. To refresh this list, use the SymRefreshModuleList function.

Using fInvadeProcess is a simple way to load all symbol files for a process. However, the symbol handler will not attempt to load symbols for modules subsequently loaded by the LoadLibrary function. You must use the SymLoadModuleEx function in this case.

 

 

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