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app pdblister

Faster version of symchk /om for generating PDB manifests of offline machines

3 releases

0.0.3 Mar 9, 2024
0.0.2 Nov 14, 2022
0.0.1 Oct 6, 2022

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Download history 40/week @ 2024-02-19 32/week @ 2024-02-26 157/week @ 2024-03-04 67/week @ 2024-03-11 2/week @ 2024-03-18 41/week @ 2024-04-01

84 downloads per month

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This is a tiny unofficial project meant to be a quick alternative to symchk for miscellaneous tasks, such as generating manifests and downloading symbols. This mimics symchk of the form symchk /om manifest /r <path> but only looks for MZ/PE files.

Due to symchk doing some weird things it can often crash or get stuck in infinite loops. Thus this is a stricter (and much faster) alternative.

The output manifest is compatible with symchk. If you want to use symchk in lieu of this tool, use symchk /im manifest /s <symbol path>

⚠️ Note: This tool is unstable! The CLI interface may change at any point, without warning. If you need programmatic stability (e.g. for automation), please pin your install to a specific revision.

Check out how fast this tool is:

Quick Start

# On your target
> cargo run --release -- manifest C:\Windows\System32

# On an online machine
> cargo run --release -- download SRV*C:\Symbols*https://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols

Downloading a single PDB file

> cargo run --release -- download_single SRV*C:\Symbols*https://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe


Randomizing the order of the files in the manifest would make downloads more consistant by not having any filesystem locality bias in the files.

Deduping the files in the manifests could also help, but this isn't a big deal shrug

We could potentially offer a symchk-compatible subcommand: #5

A "server mode" could be implemented so that other tools written in different languages could take advantage of our functionality: #7


This tool tries to do everything in memory if it can. Lists all files first then does all the parsing (this has random accesses to files without mapping so it could be improved, but it doesn't really seem to be an issue, this random access only occurs if it sees an MZ and PE header and everything is valid).

It also generates the manifest in memory and dumps it out in one swoop, this is one large bottleneck original symchk has.

Then for downloads it chomps through a manifest file asynchronously, at up to 16 files at the same time! The original symchk only peaks at about 3-4 Mbps of network usage, but this tool saturates my internet connection at 400 Mbps.


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