How to configure Firebird dump collection at Windows

How to configure Firebird dump collection at Windows
Shortly, there are two steps:
1. Set in firebird.conf parameter BugChechAbort=1 and restart Firebird to apply
2. Configure and verify dump collection for Firebird executable in Windows Error Reporting (WER) 

Make sure you have files with debug information (extension *.pdb) in Firebird folder. HQbird has these files in the recent versions of distributions.
The following pdb files
* for Firebird 2.5.x:
 fbclient.pdb, fbembed.pdb, fbserver.pdb и fb_inet_server.pdb – in bin\ folder of Firebird
* for Firebird 3.x:
 fbclient.pdb and firebird.pdb – in root folder of Firebird;
engine12.pdb (for 3.x) and engine13.pdb (for 4.x)
- in folder plugins\

Setting up WER

To setup WER find in the registry the following key
and open its subkeys.

Highlight "Windows Error Reporting" and make sure there is a parameter with the name Disabled, type REG_DWORD, and its value is 0.
Open it.
Note! Don’t confuse this folder with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Error Reporting (without Windows after Microsoft\).

 In the opened key 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting 
find subfolder LocalDumps; create it, if it does not exists.
Then open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\LocalDumps.
 WER allows specifying common and local (private) settings.
In general, we set up dumps for all processes.
For this, create parameters to subfolder LocalDumps:
  •  DumpFolder, REG_EXPAND_SZ, - folder name where to store dumps. Accounts which are used to run services to be dumped, must have permissions for this folder (that’s why network location can be a bad choice, since LocalSystem account, which is used by Firebird, does not have rights to access remote locations).
  • DumpCount, REG_DWORD, - max number of dump files (dumps will be rotated after reaching its number).
  • DumpType, REG_DWORD, - dump type, must be 2.
More details on WER setup
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Registry Key (create LocalDumps is necessary)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\LocalDumps

 How to check dump creation (only when no actual users are connected!)

To test dump collection, we need to provoke Firebird crash: download ​

unzip and put the badudf.dll   to folder UDF and then run the following cmd file
@echo off setlocal enabledelayedexpansion enableextensions set fbc=C:\HQBird25\bin set dbnm=%~dp0tmptest.fdb.tmp set usr=SYSDBA set psw=masterkey del  2>nul echo create database 'localhost:!dbnm!' user '!usr!' password '!psw!'; | "!fbc!\isql.exe" -q -z (    echo set echo on;    echo declare external function crashme    echo returns int by value    echo entry_point 'crashme' module_name 'badudf';    echo commit;    echo show function;    echo select crashme(^) from rdb$database; ) > %~dp0tmptest.sql.tmp "!fbc!\isql.exe" ^    localhost:!dbnm! ^    -q -i %~dp0tmptest.sql.tmp ^    -user !usr! -pas !psw! del !dbnm! del %~dp0tmptest.sql.tmp