Known Issues

DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite

Version 9.0.1

Copyright 2009, Compuware Corporation. All rights reserved.

DevPartner for Visual C++  BoundsChecker Suite is a suite of tightly integrated development features. DevPartner incorporates error detection, performance analysis, and coverage analysis, and includes a system comparison utility. DevPartner helps developers detect, diagnose, and resolve software bugs, maximize code performance, and ensure optimal code coverage and testing.


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Known Issues and Technical Notes

This section presents known issues and technical notes for DevPartner. Click a feature name or category to view the list of issues and notes.

Suite-wide Issues

Coverage Analysis

Error Detection

Performance Analysis

Issues Related to Visual Studio or to Visual Studio Team System

System Comparison

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Using a 64-bit Application

Applies to Coverage Analysis, Memory Analysis, Performance Analysis, Performance Expert, and Error Detection

When running against a 64-bit application, you must change the Any CPU entry in your solution file to x86 or you will get this message: DevPartner is unable to test 64-bit projects.

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Packages Fail to Load or Installation Fails Due to Data Execution Prevention Setting

Systems with the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) setting configured as /NoExecute=Always On and the CPU's Execute Disable bit enabled might prevent DevPartner from loading into Visual Studio.

See article number 875352 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for a detailed description of the Data Execution Prevention feature.

System-wide DEP is set in the BOOT.INI file using the /NOEXECUTE option on the system boot partition. By default this is set to OptIn, which specifies that DEP is only enabled for essential Windows programs and services.

Setting this to AlwaysOn causes the DevPartner installation to fail, and if the setting is changed to AlwaysOn after installation it will cause the DevPartner package to fail to load into Visual Studio.

If you set DEP to OptOut, be sure to include the Visual Studio executable (DEVENV.EXE for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008) in the list of programs and services that are not to run with DEP.

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No Integration With DevPartner Fault Simulator

The integration to the DevPartner Fault Simulator product does not work with DevPartner 9.0.1. Users of Fault Simulator integration should use DevPartner 8.2.

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MSI.EXE Error During Install or Uninstall

During installation or removal of DevPartner, an MSI.EXE error message may display stating that the application has encountered an error or has referenced memory it cannot read. Click OK and ignore this error. The install/uninstall will continue without error.

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No Data for Certain Lines in Partial Classes in Visual Studio

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

Collected static initialization data may not display for partial class member fields that have a constructor implemented in a different source file than the statically initialized fields. In these cases, source view may show no data for the static member field initialization. This is because the data is attributed to the constructor of the partial class and not the assignment statement for the static initialization of the field. If a source file only contains statically initialized member fields for a class, the source file will not be shown in the list of source files for the module in the results.

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Session Manager Service Message Appears When Starting Visual Studio 2008 on Vista Ultimate SP1 32-Bit

Applies to Performance Analysis

When starting Visual Studio 2008 on the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-Bit, an error message may appear indicating that DevPartner Performance Analysis failed to get the session manager service and that profiling will be disabled. This can occur when DPAnalysis cannot create an instance of the COM object CLSID: 163DF3E5-701A-44d9-9B82-59F4EADBBAA8. This issue will be addressed in a future DevPartner release.

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Profiling System Services thru Terminal Services

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

In some cases, when you profile custom Windows services while logged in through Terminal Services, you may not get session files. If this occurs on your system, you may be able to save the session data by specifying the full path and filename for the session file. For example:

DPAnalysis.exe /cov /output c:\temp\MyService.dpcov /s MyService

Note: This may not work in all cases.

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Administrative Privileges Required to Build BugBench on Windows Vista

Applies to Error Detection

You must have Administrative privileges when building the BugBench sample application on Windows Vista. Building the sample generates a COM DLL that must be registered. Windows Vista will not allow the DLL to be registered if without Administrative privileges.

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Opening an Application Requiring Microsoft Symbols

Applies to Error Detection

The first time that an application is run with Error Detection, you may see a dialog from Microsoft Internet Symbol Store detailing their Terms of Use. You must accept the Terms of Use to continue, even if you have previously accepted these Terms of Use when running a different program that also required Microsoft symbols.

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Error Detection Collects No Data for DCOM or COM-based Applications/Components

Applies to Error Detection

There are two situations in which DCOM or COM-based applications or components try to run under the restrictions of the aspnet account. By default, when a DCOM or COM application or component is launched from within an ASP.NET enabled Web page, it will run in the context of the aspnet account. For security reasons, the aspnet account is a restricted account (it is a member of the Users group and has equivalent privileges). In this situation your COM component will not have the security privileges required for Error Detection to function properly. To work around this issue, you must configure your DCOM or COM application or component to execute within the context of the interactive user (via dcomcnfg.exe).

To configure your DCOM or COM application or component to run under the context of the interactive user:

  1. Open a command prompt and run dcomcnfg.exe.
  2. Expand Component Services -> Computers -> My Computer -> DCom Config.
  3. Right-click on your COM component, and select Properties.
  4. Select the Identity tab.
  5. Ensure that you have selected The interactive user.
  6. Click OK.

Error Detection will collect data properly the next time the DCOM or COM application or component is launched.

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Error Detection Still Locates Leaks and Errors with Modules Disabled

Applies to Error Detection

Error Detection will still report some Leaks and Errors, even if all Modules are OFF under the Error Detection Settings, because:

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CPU Time Charged to Wrong Line in "For" Loop

Applies to Performance Analysis

In some cases, CPU time attributable to the expression part of a For loop can be incorrectly attributed to the body of the For loop. This can occur in loops formatted so that the initializers, expression, and iterators appear on a single line, as in the example below.

			using System;
			public class ForLoopTest 
			   public static void Main() 
			      for (int i=1; i<=5; i++) 

If the body of the For loop appears to be consuming excessive CPU time, reformat your code so the initializers, expression, and iterators appear on separate lines, as shown below.

			   for (int i=1;

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Installing Visual Studio after DevPartner Installation

If you install Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 after your DevPartner installation, follow this two-step process to integrate the two products:

  1. Rerun the DevPartner installation, selecting Modify. (On Vista systems, you must run Modify from the installation media. DevPartner's Modify option is not available through Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs on Vista systems.)
  2. Run the DevPartner installation again, selecting Repair.

The second step is required to integrate the DevPartner help system with the Microsoft help system.

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Localization Support in Team Foundation Server

Applies to Coverage Analysis, Error Detection, and Performance Analysis

When using DevPartner with a localized version of Visual Studio Team System, in which the name of the WorkItemType Bug has been localized to a string other than 'Bug', DevPartner will not be able create and submit bugs to the Team Project.

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New Settings Detected

Applies to the System Comparison Utility

System Comparison now checks for additional settings when comparing systems. If you compare a snapshot taken with a previous version of the System Comparison utility with a snapshot taken with the DevPartner 8.2 or later version, these settings will be listed as missing from the older snapshot.

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DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite Known Issues

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01/14/2009 03:16 PM