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Sairama's Interesting Code of the Day - Printing Line Numbers while Debugging C#

February 19, 2003 Comment on this post [1] Posted in Web Services
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In C++ if problems happen, we'll want to log the error along with filename and Line Numbers, often like:

CString strCompleteMessage;
strCompleteMessage.Format(_T("%s , HRESULT %0x [%s,%d]"),strMessage,hr,A2W(__FILE__),__LINE__);

In C#, there are no such macros so we use the StackFrame class. Below we show how to print the filename and line numbers while logging messages/errors.

     public static void foo()
     // some operations here
     // some error here
     string msg = "Unable to do xyz operation, Please report this to";

     // true means get the file information also ( needs pdb files which can be generated for Release builds )

     StackFrame CallStack = new StackFrame(0, true);
     Console.WriteLine("Error:{0} occurred in:{1} in File: {2} at Line: {3}", msg, CallStack.GetMethod(), CallStack.GetFileName(), CallStack.GetFileLineNumber() );

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February 20, 2003 22:45
Cool, I had no idea you could do this. From the help, it looks like this info wouldn't work in a release build, or at least w/o the symbols available. Maybe this should be surrounded with a #if DEBUG?

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