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Difference betw Debug  & Release Versions

Posted on 1998-11-25
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20

When I execute my debug exe, the application work fine.... But it doesn't seem working on the release exe with the exact source code...

Anyone know the reason behind it?? How to remedy it???
Question by:ymw2
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Expert Comment

ID: 1325334
First, it is not your fault. you now who to blame... it's Microsoft!!

If you are using VC5.0 or LOWER, it is well known that release versions don't work. It is soppused to be fixed in VC6.0 although i didn't try it myself yet.

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ID: 1325335
But I'm using VC++ 6.0..... :-(

Expert Comment

ID: 1325336
Maybe Microsoft hasn't yet fixed it. However, you could try certain things:
Make sure that the project settings refer to the release libraries.
Rebuild and not build your program.
Hope it helps.
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Bridge earned 40 total points
ID: 1325337
Function calls like ASSERT, ASSERT_VALID are removed in release mode. Make sure that you have nothing in these blocks that needs to be executed.
Appart from that its a case of going through placing message boxes in the code to find out where the error occurs. If you have a copy of Purify then your half way there because it is great at sorting problems like this.

Expert Comment

ID: 1325338
what error/errors do you get when you try to run in release mode? you can also build release mode with debug info.

good luck,

Expert Comment

ID: 1325339
It is possible that the compiler/optimizer is causing trouble.  I have seen problems in the past.  To test, Set to Release version, go to menu Project/Setting use the C++ tab, set the optimization to off and re-build your project.  If this un-optimized "Release" version works then you have code with an optimizer bug.  Lots of Luck.

You can turn the optimizer off you individual source code cpp files if necessary.

By the way, I am professionally using Visual C++ 5.0 because it is relatively bug free.  We trail about a year behind Microsoft to give them a chance to find the bugs and issue service packs.

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ID: 1325340
Ya rite

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