Category Archives: Debugging

Tracking the Current Directory from the debugger: RtlpCurDirRef

Some rogue code was changing our current directory from under our feet, and we needed to catch it in action. I was looking for a memory location to set a data breakpoint on. (Note: for the remainder of this post … Continue reading

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Checking Memory Corruption from the debugger in 2016

It used to be something like But this trick requires quite a bit of adaptation to use on modern VS versions. First, the relevant module is now ucrtbased.dll – thanks to the universal CRT the expression is no longer version-dependent. … Continue reading

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Data Read Breakpoints – redux

The Problem ~5Y ago I blogged about data breakpoints. A hefty bit of the discussion was devoted to persistence of hardware breakpoints across a thread switch: all four implementations mentioned assume that HW breakpoints persist across thread boundaries, and some rough … Continue reading

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Tinkering with VS2015 (CTP 6)

Today I downloaded the latest VS bits and played around with the native debugger. It was a brief session and so would be the records of my impressions. J Universal CRT is here! And seems like a great idea. A … Continue reading

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Accelerating Debug Runs, Part 2: _ITERATOR_DEBUG_LEVEL

A previous post discussed the Windows Debug Heap – with the main motivation being how to avoid it, as it is just empty, expensive overhead, and it isn’t clear why it is on by default in the first place. Remarkably, … Continue reading

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Accelerating Debug Runs, Part 1: _NO_DEBUG_HEAP

(A more appropriate but even-less-catchy title might have been ‘accelerating runs from the debugger‘. As elaborated below, these two are not strictly equal). A common notion is that debug builds can and should carry as much debugging overhead as one … Continue reading

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Debugging Memory Corruption II

Some years ago I shared a trick that let’s you call _CrtCheckMemory from the debugger anywhere, without re-compilation.   The updated (as of VS2013) string to type at a watch window is: {,,msvcr120d.dll}_CrtCheckMemory() Let’s expand on that today, in two steps. … Continue reading

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