Bug 59468 - We should ship mdbdump.exe in our SDK
Summary: We should ship mdbdump.exe in our SDK
Alias: None
Product: Tools
Classification: Mono
Component: other ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Marek Safar
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Reported: 2017-09-13 19:20 UTC by Chris King
Modified: 2017-09-22 18:18 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
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Description Chris King 2017-09-13 19:20:50 UTC
I expect mono tooling with analogous functionality to the desktop tooling to ship the mono tooling should the desktop tooling also be shipped. Actually, the desktop ships ILDasm while mono does not ship mdbdump; Ildasm offers the /source switch which will interleave source and IL. Monodump offers the same functionality but is not shipped. 

Although the build of mdbdump is fairly simple, it's not drop dead trivial. See slack thread: https://xamarinhq.slack.com/archives/C03CELHQQ/p1505328003000260

This functionality is useful for debugging debugger issues. See slack channel: https://xamarinhq.slack.com/archives/C6WEH8DHN/p1505328168000098
Comment 1 Chris King 2017-09-13 19:35:32 UTC
Oops. I meant to say, if the desktop .NET CLR ships a tool (like ILDasm), and we have a tool with similar functionality (like mdbdump), then we should ship it. 

If the .NET CLR considers the functionality of the tool useful enough to ship, then so should we.
Comment 2 Marek Safar 2017-09-22 18:18:56 UTC
We are promoting pdb instead of mdb now so the need for this tool is even smaller. With this in mind, I don't think it's a good idea to start shipping a new tool which we already know has very limited usage and lock ourselves to keep supporting it for very long time