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Microsoft KB Archive/106531

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Article ID: 106531

Article Last Modified on 10/2/2003


  • Microsoft FORTRAN PowerStation 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Fortran PowerStation 1.0a for MS-DOS

This article was previously published under Q106531


Modifying character variables with the debugger may not be possible and may result in garbage in the string or cause a general protection (GP) fault. At times, no variable of any type can be modified in the Watch window.


Do not attempt to modify the value of a character variable from the debugger.

If the Watch window does not allow modification or removal of a variable, switch the focus to the Source or Locals window, and then switch the focus back to the Watch window.

In addition, avoid the following with the Watch window:

  • Making a large number of changes in the Watch window (it may eventually GP fault).
  • Clicking in the Watch window after the program completes execution (it may GP fault).
  • Using an equal sign (=) in a watch expression because it is interpreted as a C operator.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in FORTRAN PowerStation versions 1.0 and 1.0a for MS-DOS.

This is not a problem in FORTRAN PowerStation 32.


Before attempting to duplicate these problems, be sure to start the Visual Workbench with the /v option so that it will be possible to terminate the WINTEE session after a GP fault.

The following sequence of steps demonstrate many of the problems with modifying variables while debugging:

  1. From the Visual Workbench, build the following sample program with the project in debug mode:

           character*10 a
           integer i
           print *, a,i
  2. Debug the application after opening the Watch and Locals windows (from the Windows menu, choose Locals and Watch).
  3. Single step through the program (press F8) until the print statement.
  4. In the Watch window type, an i, press the DOWN ARROW key, then type an "a" (without the quotation marks), and then press the UP ARROW key.
  5. Change the value of i from 5 to 6, and press the DOWN ARROW key; the Locals window now shows i = 6.
  6. Attempt to change the string a. Press the UP ARROW key and try to change i from 6 to 7.
  7. If you are unsuccessful, click the Locals window to change focus, and then reclick the Watch window.
  8. Now the debugger will allow you to change the 6 to a 7.
  9. In the Source code window, select the a variable, and press SHIFT+F9.
  10. Choose the Modify button and type abcd.
  11. If you press the ENTER key now, you may get a GP fault.

Additional query words: nofpsnt 1.00 1.00a GPF gp-fault

Keywords: KB106531