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debugging program that uses ctypes

hi all, I have a python program that calls a dll through ctypes
(py2.5). In some (reproducible)
conditions the program crashes with an error in ctypes module.
How can I trace down the problem? I have created a debug build of
python but I also use pyodbc
and dateutil libraries in my program and I don't know how to make them
visible to python_d.exe
Am I using the right approach?

thanks in advance for hints,
Marco

Sep 7 '07 #1
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ma*******@yahoo.it schrieb:
hi all, I have a python program that calls a dll through ctypes
(py2.5). In some (reproducible)
conditions the program crashes with an error in ctypes module.
You mean a segfault?
How can I trace down the problem? I have created a debug build of
python but I also use pyodbc
and dateutil libraries in my program and I don't know how to make them
visible to python_d.exe
Am I using the right approach?
I would say yes. It seems you are using windows - running debug builds of
python on windows start a dialog box that allows to attach the MSVC debugger
to the running program. Usually this allows to locate the error fairly quickly.

As you have discovered, the problem is that you need to build all the extensions
that you use in debug mode otherwise you cannot use them.

If you cannot rebuild the extensions you have to reproduce the crash in
a script that doesn't use these extensions.

Thomas

Sep 7 '07 #2
Hello Marco,
hi all, I have a python program that calls a dll through ctypes
(py2.5). In some (reproducible)
conditions the program crashes with an error in ctypes module.
How can I trace down the problem? I have created a debug build of
python but I also use pyodbc
and dateutil libraries in my program and I don't know how to make them
visible to python_d.exe
Am I using the right approach?
If you are the one compiling the called module, you can add `__asm int
3` somewhere in
the code. When this is reached, the windows debugger will pop up on
the line.

HTH,
--
Miki <mi*********@gmail.com>
http://pythonwise.blogspot.com

Sep 9 '07 #3

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