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debugging dll files in a .NET project

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I have a .NET project which contains a dll which I have created myself. Now, there is some problem, either in my calling code, or in the dll, but I can't figure out what it is because I can't debug the dll for some reason.

Now, I don't know why, but I have added that dll to other projects, and when an error occurs, the debugger opens up the dll and automatically debugs it. In this project, however, for some reason it just says 'there is no source code for this location' or something to that effect and the dll can't be opened or debugged (or at least, I'm not sure how to do it if it doesn't happen automatically). If I alter something in the dll outside of the project, the project that can debug the dll even tells you something has changed and asks if you want to load the changes into the dll that is part of the project.

What's the difference between the two projects?
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by:Carl Tawn
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Are you referencing just the DLL, or have you added teh class library project to your solution and added a project reference?
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by:AidenA
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well i don't remember if i did it any different way the first time. But usually i just right click on the project and select 'add reference' and the browse to where my dll is and then add it... so i guess i'm just referencing the dll.

or is there a chance i'm doing something else also in the other projects? how can i tell, if that's the case.
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Check the path to the DLL you are referencing, making sure that it is the copy from the Debug folder rather than Release.
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by:SAMIR BHOGAYTA
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Hello,

You first add the custom control dll project into your opened project as a add existing project. Then put there debug point and debug the software. It is working.
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by:AidenA
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Yeap thanks Carl... that was it. Didn't think about that. Think I used the release version because the debug version didn't update when I built the project. So, I just tried to run the project and there was an error because you can't run a dll but it still built the debug version anyway and so i replaced with that.

Now i can step through it ok... thanks again

Aiden
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