[Lldb-commits] [PATCH] D55142: Minidump debugging using the native PDB reader

Adrian McCarthy via lldb-commits lldb-commits at lists.llvm.org
Tue Dec 11 13:28:46 PST 2018

It's really frustrating how the email discussion doesn't always make it to

The Windowsy thing to do is what Zach said:  Check the directory that
contains the .dmp for the .pdb.  It's the first place the VS debugger looks
when opening a minidump.  It's less sensitive to the user's environment.
(Making the user change the current working directory for this could be at
odds with other bits of the software that look relative the cwd.)


While security is not a big issue here, note that Windows generally
searches for DLLs in the known/expected places _before_ checking to see if
it's in the current working directory.  This prevents a sneaky download
from effectively replacing a DLL.  Replacing a PDB is probably less of a


So I +1 Zach's proposal.

On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 12:07 PM Leonard Mosescu <mosescu at google.com> wrote:

> I think as combination of explicit symbol search path + something similar
> to Microsoft's symsrv would be a good "real" solution (and yes, that would
> be packaged as a SymbolVendor, outside SymbolFilePDB)
> For short term, I don't see a clearly superior alternative to searching
> the current directory.
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 12:02 PM Pavel Labath <pavel at labath.sk> wrote:
>> On 11/12/2018 20:34, Zachary Turner wrote:
>> > I meant the location of the minidump.  So if you have C:\A\B\C\foo.dmp
>> > which is the dump file for bar.exe which crashed on another machine,
>> > then it would look for C:\A\B\C\bar.pdb.  That actually seems like
>> > fairly intuitive behavior to me, but maybe I'm in the minority :)
>> >
>> > We can see what Pavel, Adrian, and others think though or if they have
>> > any other suggestions.
>> >
>> It sounds like there is a precedent for searching in CWD. I don't know
>> how useful it is (I traced it back to r185366, but it is not mentioned
>> there specifically), but it is there, and I guess it's not completely
>> nonsensical from the POV of a command line user.
>> I guess we can just keep that there and not call it a hack (though, the
>> fact that the searching happens inside SymbolFilePDB *is* a hack).
>> Searching in the minidump directory would also make sense somewhat, but
>> I expect you would need more plumbing for that to happen (and I don't
>> know of a precedent for that).
>> pl
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