Microsoft KB Archive/105583

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Viewing Globals Out of Context in WinDbg


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Win32 Software Development Kit (SDK), versions 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0


When viewing global variables (either with the ? command or via the Watch window) and the variables go out of context, their values become:

CXX0017 Error: symbol not found

An example of this is when a common dialog box is open in the application. If you break into an application that is inside COMDLG32.DLL and try to do a ?gVar, where gVar is a global variable in the application, WinDbg will not find the symbol because the context is wrong. To view the value of gVar in MYAPP, use the following:


WinDbg will then have no trouble locating the symbolic information.

Additional query words: 3.10 3.50 4.00 95

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Last Reviewed: January 14, 2000
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