By Sven B. Schreiber
Undocumented home windows 2000 secrets and techniques: A Programmers Cookbook is meant for
system programmers who are looking to maximize the positive aspects in their objective operating
system. First disclaimer: If the objective platform of your software program is home windows ninety five, 98,
or Me (Millennium Edition), dont learn any more. a result of architectural differences
of the home windows 9x/Me and NT/2000 structures, you wont profit from
reading this publication. moment disclaimer: This booklet doesn't include details on the
Alpha processor or multiprocessor systems—I will goal the 32-bit Intel i386 singleprocessor
platform solely. 3rd disclaimer: bear in mind that this article isn't really written
for the faint-hearted. you'll be confronted with programming strategies the average
Win32 programmer hasn't ever obvious. The home windows 2000 kernel is a wholly different
world, bearing little resemblance to the Win32 subsystem equipped upon it. a few of the
interfacing ideas brought towards the top of the publication will be new to even
experienced kernel-mode programmers. enable me positioned it this fashion: this can be the publication your
high-school academics and Microsoft representatives have continually warned you approximately!
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Defining the Environment Variable __NT_SYMBOL_PATH The Microsoft documentation is somewhat unclear about which directory path must be assigned to the _NT_SYMBOL_PATH variable. The kernel-mode debugging chapters of the DDK say that the symbols subdirectory has to be included, yielding a value of d: \winnt\symbols or equivalent. dll library, the symbol path setup is described a bit differently: "The library uses the symbol search path to locate debug symbols ( . dbg f lie) for . dll, . exe, and .
Dbg and . pdb files from the SYMBOLS . CAB archive to various subdirectories of the system's symbol root, which is named %systemroot% \Symbols by default. The %systemroot% token symbolizes the value of the environment variable systemroot, indicating the installation directory of the Windows 2000 system. In the example below, it is the D : \WINNT directory. On startup, the Windows 2000 Kernel Debugger will try to locate the symbol files by evaluating the environment variable _NT_SYMBOL_PATH (note the leading underscore), so it is a good idea to define this variable right now.
THE TOP TEN DEBUGGING COMMANDS Tables A-1 to A-4 demonstrate in an impressive way that the Kernel Debugger and its standard extensions offer a large number of commands. Therefore, I will discuss in detail some of the commands that are most useful for the exploration of Windows 2000 internals. u: Unassemble Machine Code You have already used the u command after starting the Kernel Debugger to check whether the loaded crash dump file is OK. The u command has three forms: 1. u