How do I make Visual Studio pause after executing a console application in debug mode?


I have a collection of Boost unit tests I want to run as a console application.

When I'm working on the project and I run the tests I would like to be able to debug the tests, and I would like to have the console stay open after the tests run.

I see that if I run in release mode the console window stays up after the program exits, but in debug mode this is not the case.

I do not want to add 'system("pause");' or any other hacks like reading a character to my program. I just want to make Visual Studio pause after running the tests with debugging like it would if I were running in release mode. I would also like it if the output of tests were captured in one of Visual Studio's output windows, but that also seems to be harder than it should be.

How can I do this?

12/9/2017 9:33:59 PM

Accepted Answer

Boost test offers the following usage recommendations for Visual Studio that would enable you to run the unit tests automatically at the end of compilation and capture the output into the build window.

The nice side effect of this trick is it enable you to treat test failures as compilation errors. " could jump through these errors using usual keyboard shortcuts/mouse clicks you use for compilation error analysis..."

12/9/2017 10:51:23 PM

Try to run the application with the Ctrl + F5 combination.

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