View Full Version : What is a "debugger"...

04-02-2001, 12:18 PM
... and where do I get one from? Apparently some beta software only works fine with a debugger installed or so. I don't really understand it. Also Error -12 (I think it was) has got something to do with a debugger?!?!?!?!
Any wise people out there?

04-02-2001, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure what you are up to but go here http://developer.apple.com/tools/ . Down towards the bottom of the page is MacsBug and ResEdit. You may see some other useful stuff there too.

04-02-2001, 01:12 PM
Thanks Louie, I'm not sure what I'm up to either :-) but this is a nice link. I'll have a read, and I think it will answer some questions.


04-04-2001, 12:25 PM
Well, no software changes the way it works depending on whether you have a debugger installed; it's just that beta software tends to crash a lot, and sometimes if you DO have a debugger (MacsBug is the only one anyone uses) installed, you can avoid a hard restart and recover from the crash by using the debugger to forcefully exit the application.

That's why you use a debugger. (Programmers use it while writing software so that when they crash it, they can examine data values in RAM, lookup tables, etc.)

There is another thread on here, I think in System Software Tips or Repair/Troubleshooting, that covers MacsBug usage. Also search those forums' archives if you can't find it in the last 90 days' threads.

04-04-2001, 08:55 PM
we've got some MacsBug documentation, manuals, etc., on our FTP site.

look under macsbug_references.