D Programming Language 2.0

Last update Mon Dec 26 20:17:04 2011

windbg Debugger

The Microsoft Windows debugger \dmd2\windows\bin\windbg.exe can be used to symbolically debug D programs, even though it is a C++ debugger. Versions of windbg.exe other than the one supplied may not work with D. (Jascha Wetzel's Ddbg for Windows is also available.)

To prepare a program for symbolic debugging, compile with the -gc switch:

dmd myprogram -gc

To invoke the debugger on it:

windbg myprogram args...

where args... are the command line arguments to myprogram.exe.

When the debugger comes up, entering the command in the command window:

g _Dmain

will execute the program up until the entry into main(). From thence, pressing the F10 key will single step each line of code.

Basic Commands:

Go until breakpoint, an exception is thrown, or the end of the program.
Continue until cursor.
Single step, stepping into function calls.
Single step, stepping over function calls.

For more comprehensive information on windbg, consult the file \dmd2\windows\bin\windbg.hlp.

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