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Action

Monitor stack size to prevent, predict or debug the StackOverflowException.

Result

The following tools can be used to view the current stack size for threads:
1) Visual studio debugger.
2) WinDBG
3) Process Explorer

Cause

The need to monitor and diagnose potential stack overflow problems during the software development and testing stage is due to the catastrophic nature of the stack overflow condition.  This exception or state can rarely be handled intelligently and often cannot be handled at all.  For these reasons, it can be desirable to detect or monitor thread stack size during application development and testing, or debugging, when the potential for too-little stack space exists, or stack overflow errors are detected.

Resolution

See the windbg help documentation under the heading, Debugging a Stack Overflow, for a detailed example of debugging thread stack size issues on a native debugger.

More Information

Debugging Tools for Windows
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/default.mspx

Managed StackOverflowException Class:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.stackoverflowexception.aspx

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Article ID: 949517 - Last Review: February 21, 2008 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
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