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VS2012 using custom NATVIS causes LNK1201 by 762James


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Type: Bug
ID: 780157
Opened: 2/27/2013 2:28:22 PM
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As described in this earlier and extremely well written bug report (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsdebug/thread/c118df4d-01b4-4e1f-9cc2-4a7626c9fe93), certain natvis definitions will cause visual studio to maintain an open reference to the pdb file for that project after debugging. This means that after debugging, I will receive LNK1201 until I restart visual studio.

I am now also experiencing the same issue and I do not use 'Synthetic' fields, meaning it wasn't just that.

So either I lose out on all nice visualization I was offered or I am stuck restarting visual studio every time I debug.
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Posted by Microsoft on 4/29/2014 at 12:30 PM
Thank you for reporting this issue. This issue has been fixed in Visual Studio 2013. You can install a trial version of Visual Studio 2013 with the fix from: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9832436
Posted by Microsoft on 3/7/2013 at 12:49 PM
A CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is available that should fix the issue you describe. You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36833#overview
Posted by 762James on 2/28/2013 at 8:35 AM
Ok, with a bit of testing I have found out that referencing the template parameters using $T1, $T2, etc... seems to trigger this... sometimes. Specifically, something like <DisplayString Name="T1">[{$T1}]</DisplayString> where template parameter 1 is an integer will cause this. Not sure if that applies to other template types as well.
Posted by Microsoft on 2/27/2013 at 11:55 PM
Thanks for your feedback.

We are rerouting this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.
Posted by Microsoft on 2/27/2013 at 2:50 PM
Thank you for your feedback, we are currently reviewing the issue you have submitted. If this issue is urgent, please contact support directly(http://support.microsoft.com)
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File Name Submitted By Submitted On File Size  
example.natvis.xml 2/27/2013 428 bytes
example.cpp 2/27/2013 210 bytes