[m-dev.] for review: subdivision of mercury_trace.c

Fergus Henderson fjh at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Sat Apr 18 03:57:50 AEST 1998

On 16-Apr-1998, Zoltan Somogyi <zs at cs.mu.OZ.AU> wrote:
> > We haven't really thought about how tracing interacts with multi-
> > threaded (not necessarily parallel) execution.
> I have. I don't see it as practical or even really desirable in the
> foreseeable future.

I think you have misinterpreted what Tom was talking about -- at any
rate, I must beg to differ here.  If your Mercury program makes use of
coroutining, i.e. multithreading at the Mercury level, then you still
need to be able to debug it.  For example, the bug may be that the goal

So long as the Mercury runtime itself is single-threaded, with the
Mercury runtime itself doing the multiplexing between different Mercury
threads, multithreading does not pose insurmountable difficulties for
debugging.  You will need to add some new trace event ports, of course
(`delay' and `resume', for example, and perhaps also `fork' and `join'
or something like that).

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