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Using JIT debugger outside Visual Studio

Posted on 2013-11-29
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When testing my VB.NET applications outside Visual Studio they do abend from time to time. Then I always get this dialog box telling me that I should activate JIT debugging because that would give me so much more info about the error. The text about the JIT debugger is as follows:

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See the end of this message for details on invoking
Just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.
************** Exception Text **************
      (Details about the error)

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
Application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging enabled.
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But how is this done? I know it is activated while debugging inside Visual Studio, but how to do it when I run the build exe file independently?
- I don’t find any machine.config file on the C drive.
- What is the jitDebugging value?
- Where do I find the system.windows.forms section?
- How do I compile my application with debugging enabled?

I have tried to find some info about this, but it is difficult to search and get a good match.

I use Win7 x32 and VS 2008
Please ask for more info if needed.

Can someone explain this to me?
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Hi daghoff;

To enable the JIT debugger please follow the steps in this web page, How to: Enable/Disable Just-In-Time Debugging , These steps are done from within Visual Studio.
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