Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
We don't bite newbies here... much

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
You expect to be able to go into another running program, find the memory that corresponds to a particular named variable (taking into account the fact that with closures and lexical variables there might be many such), plan on getting around the operating system stopping you from doing this (which it is supposed to do and will do with NT and 2K)...?

It ain't happening.

Oh, the trick is technically possible under the right circumstances. Debuggers can do this. But the trick involves quite a bit of work, and having the description of what the debugger can show you be related to the source involves considerable internal knowledge about the program in question. And often requires that program to either be launched in a special way, or to carry descriptive debugging symbols. The former is how the Perl debugger works, you launch a program in the debugger and trace it. The latter requires information that is customarily stripped from Windows programs because it slows startup time. (On Unix it isn't an issue because the OS uses mmap and can lazily page in parts of the program only when they are needed. Windows doesn't pull this trick.)

This is not even getting into questions of how quickly you can render a program unstable by changing internal data unexpectedly...

Now if you describe the problem you are trying to solve (and not the technique you hoped to use), we can probably offer some useful suggestions on how to do that. The odds are very high that it will involve interprocess communication or shared memory regions...

saucepan tells me that win32 does use file mappings to demand page segments of exe files, though he suspects that win9x has to copy the mapped file entirely to swap first (making startup for a non-stripped binary slower). My bad.

But still a lot of executables and libraries are stripped, and if it is then it will be significantly harder to map information in the source to the running executable.

In reply to Re (tilly) 1: Better clarify : How do I find out the RAM memory address of a var in a program running on WIN ? by tilly
in thread How do I find out the RAM memory address of a var in a program running on WIN ? by DarkGoth

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
Log In?

What's my password?
Create A New User
Domain Nodelet?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others exploiting the Monastery: (3)
As of 2022-05-23 07:45 GMT
Find Nodes?
    Voting Booth?
    Do you prefer to work remotely?

    Results (81 votes). Check out past polls.