cannot debug because <x> is not an exe file

cannot debug because <x> is not an exe file

Simple program built in IVF/12.

won't go into debug mode due to subject message.

any ideas?

Linda

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Please attach the build log and the .vfproj file.

Steve - Intel Developer Support

Well, I don't see anything in the build log or project file that looks suspicious and when I build your project on my system, I can debug it just fine. Try creating a new solution and project. add the source file and see what happens.

Steve - Intel Developer Support

Was an answer to this found?  I have recently reconstructed a large Win32 solution from scratch with an X64 build.   I have lots of new bugs to find and got this message when I tried the first such debug.  "Visual Studio cannot debug because the target _.exe is not an exe file."  Of course, it certainly is an exe file; so something is up which blocks its recognition as such.  I am using Visual Studio 2010 on a Windows 7 operating system.  I just updated the compiler with Package ID w_fcompxe_2013_sp1.0.103.  However, the message persists.

Attach your .vfproj file here (you can do that now!) and I'll see if I can spot a problem. If you want to check first, look at the property Debugging > Command. It should be "$(TargetPath)". Then look at Linker > General > Output File. It should be "$(OutDir)\$(ProjectName).exe". Lastly look at General > Output directory. It should be "$(PlatformName)\$(ConfigurationName)" (for an x64 configuration, by default).

Steve - Intel Developer Support

I checked the properties you mention, Steve.  They all check out.  One anomaly of my own construction concerns the location of the project folders for the solution (which contains 94 projects).  I make them subfolders of a master folder "Projects" while the source code resides in "Programs".  I have made a couple of screen captures which will illustrate the situation as well as attaching the vfproj file as you asked.

I hasten to add that the arrangement of projects, source code etc. under the solution folder is what I have always done - with Visual Sturio 2005 and earlier 2003.  So I was not expecting anything new.

 

Cheers!

Tom Stevens

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Would you please show me a screenshot from right clicking on Computer and selecting Properties?

Steve - Intel Developer Support

Sorry to have to ask Steve.  What "Computer" indicator are we talking about?  I don't see anything of the sort in Visual Studio 2010.  (But then, I have just started using it.)

Not in Visual Studio. The icon labeled Computer on your desktop. Or, click the Windows Start button, then right click on Computer in the right-hand column.

What I want to see is the part of the Properties screen that resembles this:

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Steve - Intel Developer Support

OK Steve,

I believe the attached is what you asked for.  It is a Windows 7 box we are using for testing in advance of a move from XP.

Nothing was attached. You need to click on "Start Upload".

Steve - Intel Developer Support

I did.  However, there was a momentary glitch in your SPAM detection which required me to resubmit.  Perhaps I needed to upload again.  Anyway, here goes.

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Ok, thanks. Not what I thought the problem might be. Can you send me the EXE? Zip it and use Send Author a Message and attach there.

Steve - Intel Developer Support

Steve,

Thanks for your willingness to help with this.  My belief is that it is an IDE feature.  I never had any trouble with interactive debugging the same solution on an XP Win32 build.  The case in point is linked to three dll's which I would need also to send you.  I will try to create a much simpler entity which shows the same problem and send you that in due course.  We can pick up on the IDE feature then if I can't get it sorted out myself.

For now, let me ask you about the problem that induced the need for the interactive debug.  What I could do was to perform a DEBUG build of the solution and use the walkback information to locate the problematic lines.  But let me place it in a new thread under a more meaningful title.

Cheers!
Tom

 

I don't need the DLLs - I don't want to run the EXE. Just examine it. But please do this - run DependencyWalker and have it analyze your EXE. Ignore complaints about "delay load DLLs". What else does it say?

Steve - Intel Developer Support

Steve,

I must take this up again.  I simply can't debug my X64 builds because my exe's are declared not to be exe's.  I will indeed append an executable which triggers this message.  It is normally run with three dll's.  But as you just wanted to look at it, here goes.

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Groundsel, if you try to run this from a command prompt, what is the error? Please enable creation of a link map in the Linker property page, relink the EXE and attach a zip of the .map file.

Steve - Intel Developer Support

You should analyse with Dependency walker or with other PE parsing tool your executable.For example one bit in PE header file (do not remember) which file is used to encode PE file as a exe or DLL.

The solution in which I had this error was not a default Visual Studio builld.  I placed the projects in a "Projects" subfolder and the source code in a separate "Programs" subfolder.  The compilation targets for interactive debugging were in a parallel "Test" subfolder.It had caused no trouble with earlier Win32 builds and still does not - with today's compiler.  However, the VS 2010 IDE with the X64 build is another matter.

I took the sample executable I sent Steve and rebuilt as much of the solution as necessary to debug it interactively.  This time, I began with the projects' source code and let the IDE place the projects; making no attempt to second guess it.  That was indeed the ticket.  I can interactively debug now with that build.

So I now have two choices.  I can either rebuild the entire solution (all 94 projects) in the manner the IDE seems to want.  Or, I can keep a separate build populated as necessary when the occasion for interactive debugging comes up.  I am inclined to the latter solution since many of the projects will rarely even be used; let alone be needful of interactive debuggin.  The IDE has no trouble building executables or dll's with the old structure; only with the debugging.

Thanks to all who gave advice.  I am posting this in case others encounter the same issue.

 

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