[cfe-dev] Missing debug information for Windows

Javier Múgica javier_3 at runbox.com
Sun Jun 21 00:52:59 PDT 2015

Thank you for your information. It seems there are still many open issues for me to be able to use Clang on a daily basis on Windows.

I suspect there aren't many Clang users targeting the Visual Sutio libraries. You cannot currently successfully compile a project in Clang if you include tgmaht.h, not even with VS2015 (because of a pitfall in VS, no in Clang) and my propossed patch to that file sent to cfe-commits dind't raise any reply. I don't care about it since it is easy to work around. I'm just pointing out that I seem to have no "collegues" around there, working like me, trying to use C11, VS and Clang.


Javier A. Múgica

On Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:32:22 -0700, David Blaikie <dblaikie at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 12:22 AM, Javier Múgica <javier_3 at runbox.com> wrote:
> > Hello:
> >
> > I am facing a critic problem with the compiler, which I hope will have an
> > easy solution. I am using it on Windows and use Visual Studio to debug the
> > applications. The information of which source lines correspond to which
> > machine instructions is right and I can break into the code, execute one
> > instruction at a time, etc. But all the information regarding the variables
> > is missing, so I cannot know the values they store if not by guessing upon
> > the assembly code where is stored each variable and asking VS to show me
> > the value of, say, **(double**)(esp+01Ch).
> >
> > I have tried both clang and clang-cl, and both -O0 and -O1, and both VS
> > 2010 and VS 2015. I use clang with the -c option (do not link), and then
> > call the VS linker, which is what clang does if the -c option is not used.
> >
> > The Microsoft compiler generates an intermediate .pdb file when compiling
> > and assemblying, named vc100.pdb (the name is of course irrelevant), and
> > afterwards, when linking, the definite pdb file, foo.pdb for instance. When
> > using clang the intermediate file is not generated.  May that be the reason
> > or has it nothing to do with my problem?
> >
> That's the reason, but there is no easy solution - Clang does not generate
> PDB files at the moment. The debug story on windows is still uncertain and
> a fair way out - it may entail integrating something like LLDB into MSVC to
> use the existing DWARF debug info Clang can produce.
> For now you could use LLDB directly on windows, though I think support
> there is still work-in-progress too.
> Sorry,
> - David
> >
> > Lest's hope you can help me, otherwise I will have to stop using clang
> > just when I was beginning with it.
> >
> > -- Javier
> >
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