Running DMD in GUI Debugger: Getting Started?

torhu no at spam.invalid
Wed Dec 7 23:59:03 PST 2011

On 01.12.2011 23:55, Nick Sabalausky wrote:
> Heh, yea, I guess it's been faaaar too long since I've used C/C++ or
> debuggers (dealing with lots of oddball platforms has gotten me accustomed
> to printf debugging), because this is one hell of a newbie question...
> How do I get started with running DMD in a debugger in Windows? I'm thinking
> like Visual Studio, but any GUI debugger will do (hmm, actually, even a GUI
> debugger on Linux would be fine, too).
> Normally I would just load up the Visual Studio project and hit "debug". But
> DMD uses a makefile and DMC instead of a Visual Studio project and MS's C
> compiler. There's the "Attach to process", but that won't do me much good
> with a quick cmdline app like DMD if I'm not already in the debugger with a
> breakpoint set.

There's actually an easy way of doing this, but AFAIK it's not 
accessible from within the IDE itself.  Just give the name of the 
executable as a command line parameter to msvc.  Like "vcexpress 
dmd.exe", replace vcexpress with msdev or whatever the name of the full 
version IDE executable is.  This opens msvc in a special mode where you 
can actually start debugging that executable without creating a project 
or anything.

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