Solution | Unable to write output file ‘…pdb’; unspecified error

Visual Studio 2005 / 2008

During this weekend, I started having a problem when building a solution in Visual Studio. It would load the following error:

Unable to write to output file Solution_Name.pdb

This Visual Studio solution has 8 projects, and a lot of files and folders. I tried several solutions that I found on the net, which worked for others, but none worked for my case including:

  • Delete the .pdb file from the solution – Didn’t Work
  • Delete the Debug folder – Still Didn’t work
  • Delete the whole obj Folder – Nothing Continue reading

ContextSwitchDeadlock was detected

Last week i was debugging an application and after while the following exception was being loaded:

ContextSwitchDeadlock was detected
Message: The CLR has been unable to transition from COM context 0x1b2938 to
COM context 0x1b2aa8 for 60 seconds. The thread that owns the destination
context/apartment is most likely either doing a non pumping wait or
processing a very long running operation without pumping Windows messages.
This situation generally has a negative performance impact and may even lead
to the application becoming non responsive or memory usage accumulating
continually over time. To avoid this problem, all single threaded apartment
(STA) threads should use pumping wait primitives (such as
CoWaitForMultipleHandles) and routinely pump messages during long running
operations.

After googling, i found that this error happens when an operation is performing lenghty operations not allowing the message queue to pump. Continue reading