If you look at executables shipped from Microsoft like notepad.exe, you will see that they include .pdb (Program Database) reference, but do not include path to .pdb:
This path can sometimes reveal unnecessary information to your customer / user, so if you want to get rid of that path in Visual Studio 2008, you could use undocumented switch:
In Visual Studio 2010 (c++) you can use documented switch:
Reference: Visual Studio 2010 – Visual C++ – /PDBALTPATH
Unfortunately, I can not find a such option for .net / C# executables. The only option it seems is /pdb switch, but it is not accessible from IDE.
P.S. To view .pdb reference within exe file, use Hex Editor or dumpbin utility
dumpbin /headers notepad.exe
This post seems old, have you found any solutions for this?
Currently no solution for C#. Maybe in upcoming Visual Studio, who knows.
In Visual Studio 2002 .NET path to .pdb file can also be removed by adding ‘/pdbpath:none’ to ‘Properties->Linker->Command Line->Additional Options’.
Assuming that you want debug info in your exe file if not then change
‘Properties->Linker->Debug->Generate Debug Info’ to ‘No’ then .pdb file won’t be generated.
Hope this information will helpful for someone.
Thanks a lot Maris.
I am moving from VS2008 to VS2013 and setting option /PDBALTPATH:%_PDB% helped me to resolve linker errors. earlier I used to use /pdbpath:none
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