Debug process already running

When testing new code that has problems, sometimes I cannot break out of debug mode.  I get a message saying "Debug process already running" - when the process already running is the one I am trying to "kill".  Usually at this point I have to reboot.  I cannot close Delphi normally, I cannot kill the process through Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

I don't know if this behavior is normal for the debugger.  My expectations are, if I am running the program inside the IDE, then this means the program is running in a protected shell inside the IDE...and nothing the program does should be fatal to the OS - to the point I have to reboot.  

Am I dead wrong?

Thanks,

Tom
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAsked:
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MannSoftConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Win2k is definately much better to use in a programming enviroment.  Here is what Ive found:

With Win98 when my programs crashed more often than not they would cause endless blue screens and I would be forced to reboot.  Occasionally I would be able to use CTRL-ALT-DEL to end the task but Delphi didnt appear to like that.  I would always have to close and reopen it before continuing (almost as annoying as restarting!).

With Win2k when my programs crash I can usually just use Program Reset and all is well.  There have been occasions where I have to CTRL-ALT-DEL them but again all is usually well.  But there have been rare occasions where I CTRL-ALT-DEL the application and when I try to recompile it Delphi says the EXE is still in use.  

So while Win2k is much better, it isnt going to solve 100% of your problems.  So your answer is of course, dont write programs that crash! :-)
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jeurkCommented:
Hi,
Try to kill the program again when the dialog is open, normally the program will be killed about 10 seconds later.
At least this what is happening for me.
John.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
I've tried waiting it out...no luck.
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kretzschmarCommented:
did u tried

the program reset menu entry in the ide under the project menu before closing the ide
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Yes, I tried that.
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jeurkCommented:
try switching to windows 2k or windows me or NT...
what's your OS ?
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
OS is Windows 98 SE.
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jeurkCommented:
So, this could be the reason... 98 is not very good at killing processes, even not at managing processes...
Sorry, there is no solution under 98 I think...
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
You are saying that many of these problems that crash Delphi under Windows 98 are handled better by 2000, NT, Me, etc.?
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
MannSoft:

"Don't write programs that crash"

oh, I wish I wish I wish I could.  :)
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jeurkCommented:
I will never accept coding again under 95 98 or even NT...
I would say that win2k will solve all your problems.
I never have to shut down the system again with win2K - NEVER.
The system is stable and does all I want.
That's what I think.
John.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks MannSoft.

Thanks everyone.
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