/DEBUGTYPE (Debug Info Options)
The /DEBUGTYPE option specifies the types of debugging information generated by the /DEBUG option.
/DEBUGTYPE:[CV | PDATA | FIXUP]
Tells the linker to emit debug information for symbols, line numbers, and other object compilation information in the PDB file. By default, this option is enabled when /DEBUG is specified and /DEBUGTYPE is not specified.
Tells the linker to add .pdata and .xdata entries to the debug stream information in the PDB file. By default, this option is enabled when both the /DEBUG and /DRIVER options are specified. If /DEBUGTYPE:PDATA is specified by itself, the linker automatically includes debugging symbols in the PDB file. If /DEBUGTYPE:PDATA,FIXUP is specified, the linker does not include debugging symbols in the PDB file.
Tells the linker to add relocation table entries to the debug stream information in the PDB file. By default, this option is enabled when both the /DEBUG and /PROFILE options are specified. If /DEBUGTYPE:FIXUP or /DEBUGTYPE:FIXUP,PDATA is specified, the linker does not include debugging symbols in the PDB file.
Arguments to /DEBUGTYPE may be combined in any order by separating them with a comma. The /DEBUGTYPE option and its arguments are not case sensitive.
Use the /DEBUGTYPE option to specify inclusion of relocation table data or .pdata and .xdata header information in the debugging stream. This causes the linker to include information about user-mode code that is visible in a kernel debugger when breaking in kernel-mode code. To make debugging symbols available when FIXUP is specified, include the CV argument.
To debug code in user mode, which is typical for applications, the /DEBUGTYPE option isn't needed. By default, the compiler switches that specify debugging output (/Z7, /Zi, /ZI) emit all the information needed by the Visual Studio debugger. Use /DEBUGTYPE:PDATA or /DEBUGTYPE:CV,PDATA,FIXUP to debug code that combines user-mode and kernel-mode components, such as a configuration app for a device driver. For more information about kernel mode debuggers, see Debugging Tools for Windows (WinDbg, KD, CDB, NTSD)