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Starting Manual Test Session for External Applications

In Visual Studio:
ReSharper | Cover | Cover Application
Ctrl+Alt+K,K

In dotCover standalone application:
File | Cover Application
Ctrl+C

dotCover allows you running manual test sessions for .NET applications and processes that have PDB information. You can analyze coverage for the following types of applications and processes:

Finding symbol files (PDB)

Locating symbol files (PDB) for the target binaries is vital for calculating coverage. If you cover unit tests or cover the startup project, dotCover easily locates symbol files using the structure of the current solution.

By default, dotCover search symbol files in the following places:

  • in the same directory where the binary file resides;
  • in the debug directory that is specified inside the binary file;
  • in all directories specified in the _NT_SYMBOL_PATH environment variable and in the registry;

If necessary, you can specify other places to look for symbol files. To do so, tick Advanced in the Coverage Configuration dialog, and then click Edit Symbol Search Policy.

In the Symbol Search Policy dialog that opens, you can add the following ways to search for symbol files:

  • In the Search path field, provide a semicolon separated list of paths to search for symbol files. Each path can be either a directory path or a symbol server path (e.g. srv*C:\LocalSymbols*http://symbolserver:33417/).
  • Tick the Access symbol server to allow dotCover access symbol servers specified either in the Search path field, or in _NT_SYMBOL_PATH environment variable.

You can also disable some of the default ways to search for symbol files.

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Last modified: 13 August 2015