Debugging Tools for Windows


The FindSourceFile and FindSourceFileWide methods search the source path for a specified source file.

    IN ULONG  StartElement,
    IN PCSTR  File,
    IN ULONG  Flags,
    OUT OPTIONAL PULONG  FoundElement,
    IN ULONG  BufferSize,

    IN ULONG  StartElement,
    IN PCWSTR  File,
    IN ULONG  Flags,
    OUT OPTIONAL PULONG  FoundElement,
    IN ULONG  BufferSize,

#ifdef UNICODE
#define FindSourceFileT FindSourceFileWide
#define FindSourceFileT FindSourceFile


Specifies the index of an element within the source path to start searching from. All elements in the source path before StartElement are excluded from the search. The index of the first element is zero. If StartElement is greater than or equal to the number of elements in the source path, the filing system is checked directly.

This parameter can be used with FoundElement to check for multiple matches in the source path.

Specifies the path and file name of the file to search for.
Specifies the search flags. For a description of these flags, see DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_XXX.

The flag DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_TOKEN_LOOKUP should not be set. The flag DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_NO_SRCSRV is ignored because this method does not include source servers in the search.

Receives the index of the element within the source path that contains the file. If the file was found directly on the filing system (not using the source path) then -1 is returned to FoundElement. If FoundElement is NULL, this information is not returned.
Receives the path and name of the found file. If the flag DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_FULL_PATH is set, this is the full canonical path name for the file. Otherwise, it is the concatenation of the directory in the source path with the tail of File that was used to find the file. If Buffer is NULL, this information is not returned.
Specifies the size, in characters, of the Buffer buffer.
Specifies the size, in characters, of the name of the file. If FoundSize is NULL, this information is not returned.

Return Value

The method was successful.
File was not found on the source path.

These methods can also return error values. See Return Values for more details.

Interface Version

FindSourceFileis available in all versions of IDebugSymbols. FindSourceFileWide is available in IDebugSymbols3 and later versions.


The engine uses the following steps—in order—to search for the file:

  1. For each directory in the source path, an attempt is made to find an overlap between the end of the directory path and the beginning of the file path. For example, if the source path contains a directory C:\a\b\c\d and File is c\d\e\samplefile.c, the file C:\a\b\c\d\e\samplefile.c is a match.
    If the flag DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_BEST_MATCH is set, the match with the longest overlap is returned; otherwise, the first match is returned.
  2. For each directory in the source path, File is appended to the directory. If no match is found, this process is repeated and each time the first directory is removed from the beginning of the file path. For example, if the source path contains a directory C:\a\b and File is c\d\e\samplefile.c, then the file C:\a\b\e\samplefile.c is a match.
    The first match found is returned.
  3. File is looked up directly on the filing system.

Note Any source servers in the source path are ignored. To include the source servers in the search, use FindSourceFileAndToken with a module address specified in ModAddr.

For more information about using the source path, see Using Source Files. For an overview of the source path and its syntax, see Source Path.


Headers: Defined in Dbgeng.h. Include Dbgeng.h.

See Also

FindSourceFileAndToken, GetSourcePathElement, GetSourceFileLineOffsets, DEBUG_FIND_SOURCE_XXX

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