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Symbol Lookup

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The Symbol Lookup tab allows you to specify how Bug Validator acquires symbolic information about your application or service.





Symbol Lookup


Bug Validator fetches symbols for your application using an appropriate symbol handler for the type of debugging information you have.


For Microsoft Visual Studio users each version of Visual Studio provides different debugging formats which are readable by the appropriate DbgHelp.dll supplied by Visual Studio.  A given version of DbgHelp.dll is usually able to read earlier formats of Microsoft debugging information but is not able to read a future format. For example Visual Studio 2005 (version 8) can read Visual Studio 6 debug information but cannot read Visual Studio 2008 debug information.


Visual Studio 6.0 doesn't supply a DbgHelp.dll so we have provided one for use with Visual Studio 6.0.


Visual Studio 10 is unusual in that the DbgHelp.dll (6.12) supplied by Visual Studio cannot read the debug information created by Visual Studio. To solve this problem we have supplied DbgHelp.dll (6.11) as an alternative.


Bug Validator will choose the appropriate (most recent) version of Visual Studio automatically. You can override Bug Validator's choice by choosing the Visual Studio version from the Visual Studio combo box.



Specify your own DbgHelp.dll


If you wish to explicitly specify which DbgHelp.dll to use enter the path in the DbgHelp.dll edit field or use the Browse... button to select the dbgHelp.dll.


Note that the directory that contains DbgHelp.dll should also contain symsrv.dll if you wish to use symbol servers with Bug Validator.



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