Help with remote debugging on macOS with Parallels VM

  1. 4 months ago

    William K

    Jan 10 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Chico, CA

    I am having issues trying to get remote debugging functioning correctly from macOS Mojave to Windows 10 running in a Parallels VM. The process always hangs on the development machine (macOS) at "Launching application". I've tried a few things (noted below) to no avail and am hoping someone who has been successful at getting this to work in a similar setup can give some advice.

    • I have tried both shared networking and bridged networking on the VM (obviously reconfiguring the development system each time)
    • The Windows firewall has been turned off, although I have also tried it by opening up a pinhole at port 44553j
    • If the Remote Debugger Desktop is *not* running, I get a completely different error: "Failed to connect properly...", so it seems like the two sides are at least communicating.
    • I have tried a few different download locations, the latest being C:\Temp, but the debug file never finds its way to the remote machine (obviously this is the problem).

    Anyone have ideas of what I can do next?

    Cheers.

    -bill k

  2. Kem T

    Jan 10 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, XDC Speakers New York

    Does your application unpack on the VM? If so, try double-clicking to manually start it, just as a test.

  3. William K

    Jan 10 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Chico, CA

    Kem, nothing get's sent over to the remote OS, so I suspect it's a network firewall issue. I will break out another actual Windoze laptop and try with that.

  4. Kem T

    Jan 10 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, XDC Speakers New York

    Is the firewall on the Mac side turned on?

  5. William K

    Jan 10 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Chico, CA

    I've tried it both ways. Using a separate laptop over the network seems to work, so I'm able to debug for now, but it's not ideal. I'll let you know if I ever solve the original problem.

  6. Michael D

    Jan 11 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro

    I had a very similar issue using 2018R4 and the newest remote debuggers. I ran DebugView (a very useful tool - see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/debugview ) to see the log messages, and it was clear that the file was transferring but not launching.

    I was just about to report this as a bug, but then I re-launched the remote debugger a few times and re-set the Data folder, and then suddenly it started working.

    My recommendations:

    • use DebugView to see log messages
    • try quitting/relaunching / re-choosing the data folder a few times in Remote Debugger.

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