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    I would like share with you some experience in catching memory leaks. In most case it is a long processe and required additional tools like PurifyNT or BoundsChecker. Actually, catching simple memory leaks is possible by using the Microsoft exported functionality.

    In a simple case you should add several lines to 'StdAfx.h'

    #ifdef _DEBUG
       #define _CRTDBG_MAP_ALLOC // include Microsoft memory leak detection procedures
       #define _INC_MALLOC	     // exclude standard memory alloc procedures

    Note: it should be before the 'include' directives.

    In the enclosed example you will find an example with a memory leak. To see how it works you should run program under the debugger. When the program finishes you will see in the the 'Output' window, 'Debug' tab the following message.

    Detected memory leaks!
    Dumping objects -> D:\Projects\CrtDbg\CrtDbg.cpp(25) : {53} normal block at 0x002F26C0, 10 bytes long.
    Data: <MemoryLeak> <MEMORYLEAK> 4D 65 6D 6F 72 79 4C 65 61 6B 
    Object dump complete.

    In more advanced memory management cases you should look in the 'AfxMem.cpp' file in MFC source directory. File contents plenty of memory management functions.

    I have written a class CMemDiff that wraps CMemoryState and helps track memory leaks. Just include the MemDiff files in your project. A global variable of type CMemDiff is declared and it's constructor and destructor will check the state of your memory at the start and end of your program and report any leaks.


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    GeneralI also meet this problem, can anyone give me some idea? Pin
    benben8-Dec-03 16:38
    memberbenben8-Dec-03 16:38 
    QuestionATL support? Pin
    Michael Groeger17-Jan-01 23:50
    memberMichael Groeger17-Jan-01 23:50 
    AnswerRe: ATL support? Pin
    Audrius Vasiliauskas18-Jan-01 0:22
    memberAudrius Vasiliauskas18-Jan-01 0:22 
    GeneralRe: ATL support? Pin
    Michael Groeger6-Feb-01 3:42
    memberMichael Groeger6-Feb-01 3:42 
    GeneralRe: ATL support? Pin
    Stuart Tett18-May-05 8:19
    sussStuart Tett18-May-05 8:19 
    GeneralRe: ATL support? Pin
    Yud27-Feb-01 22:43
    memberYud27-Feb-01 22:43 
    GeneralDoesn't work all the time Pin
    Daníel B. Sigurgeirsson10-Oct-00 7:49
    sussDaníel B. Sigurgeirsson10-Oct-00 7:49 
    GeneralPRB: _CRTDBG_MAP_ALLOC Does Not Work as Documented Pin
    Martin Ziacek15-Sep-00 9:30
    sussMartin Ziacek15-Sep-00 9:30 
    GeneralRe: PRB: _CRTDBG_MAP_ALLOC Does Not Work as Documented Pin
    Anonymous2-Nov-00 23:05
    sussAnonymous2-Nov-00 23:05 
    GeneralRe: PRB: _CRTDBG_MAP_ALLOC Does Not Work as Documented Pin
    Anonymous2-Nov-00 23:05
    sussAnonymous2-Nov-00 23:05 
    GeneralRe: PRB: _CRTDBG_MAP_ALLOC Does Not Work as Documented Pin
    Anonymous2-Nov-00 23:06
    sussAnonymous2-Nov-00 23:06 
    QuestionHow about DEBUG_NEW Pin
    JRB12-Sep-00 6:11
    sussJRB12-Sep-00 6:11 
    AnswerRe: How about DEBUG_NEW Pin
    Audrius Vasiliauskas13-Sep-00 23:34
    sussAudrius Vasiliauskas13-Sep-00 23:34 
    QuestionHow about DEBUG_NEW Pin
    JRB12-Sep-00 6:10
    sussJRB12-Sep-00 6:10 

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