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Breakpoints Icons and Statuses

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When a breakpoint is set, the editor displays a breakpoint icon in the gutter area to the left of the affected source code. A breakpoint icon denotes status of a breakpoint, and provides useful information about its type, location, and action.

The icons serve as convenient shortcuts for managing breakpoints. Clicking an icon removes the breakpoint. Successive use of Alt - click on an icon toggles its state between enabled and disabled. The settings of a breakpoint are shown in a tooltip when a mouse pointer hovers over a breakpoint icon in the gutter area of the editor.

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Breakpoint states and icons

The table below summarizes the possible breakpoint states:

Temporary LineExceptionMethodFieldDescription
Enableddb set breakpointbreakpointTemporaryexception breakpointmethod breakpointfield breakpointShown at design-time or during the debugging session when the class with such breakpoint is not yet loaded.
Validverified breakpointN/AN/Averified method breakpointverified field breakpointShown at run-time when the breakpoint is recognized by the debugger as set on an executable code line.
Invalidinvalid breakpointinvalid breakpointN/Ainvalid method breakpointinvalid field breakpointShown when the breakpoint is set on a commented or non-executable line indicating that such breakpoint would not be hit.
Disableddisabled breakpointdisabled breakpointdisabled exception breakpointdisabled method breakpointdisabled field breakpointIndicates that nothing happens when the breakpoint is hit.
Conditionally disableddb dep line breakpointdb dep line breakpointdb dep exception breakpointdb dep method breakpointdb dep field breakpointThis state is assigned to breakpoints when they depend on another breakpoint to be activated.

When the button debug mute breakpoints is pressed in the toolbar of the Debug tool window, all the breakpoints in a project are muted, and their icons become grey: muted breakpoint.

Last modified: 29 November 2017

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