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Info about debugging symbols

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    troposphere

    I want to create a custom debug monitor that I can ship with my application that can provide automatic logging capabilities that are coordinated with debug symbols.  I'm thinking that this way, I can implement generic functions that can log run-time parameter values, without my having to hand-code specific calls to logging functions.

    However, I am faced with the following questions as I get started:

    What is the difference between the debug data in the .pdb file, and the debug data that gets embedded in the executable image?

    Why does Visual Studio require me to enable the embedded info with the /DEBUG switch before I am allowed to produce a .pdb file?

    Is the .pdb file useless without the embedded /DEBUG info?



    If anyone is familiar with these issues, I will be grateful for your guidance.

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