PE .idata section has additional data

If "create imports section" in the file loading dialog is checked, IDA will convert .idata section definitions to "extrn" directives and truncate it so it will not contain empty lines.

Unfortunately, sometimes there is some additional data in .idata section so you'll need to disable this feature if some information is not loaded into the database.

IDA tries to detect additional data in .idata section automatically.

If you disable conversion of .idata section to a segment with "extrn" directives, you will see

somename dd ?

instead of

        extrn   somename
directives.

Another impact is that the .idata segment will not be truncated in any way.

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