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DB(3p)          Perl Programmers Reference Guide           DB(3p)


     DB - programmatic interface to the Perl debugging API
     (draft, subject to change)


         package CLIENT;
         use DB;
         @ISA = qw(DB);

         # these (inherited) methods can be called by the client

         CLIENT->register()      # register a client package name
         CLIENT->done()          # de-register from the debugging API
         CLIENT->skippkg('hide::hide')  # ask DB not to stop in this package
         CLIENT->cont([WHERE])       # run some more (until BREAK or another breakpt)
         CLIENT->step()              # single step
         CLIENT->next()              # step over
         CLIENT->ret()               # return from current subroutine
         CLIENT->backtrace()         # return the call stack description
         CLIENT->ready()             # call when client setup is done
         CLIENT->trace_toggle()      # toggle subroutine call trace mode
         CLIENT->subs([SUBS])        # return subroutine information
         CLIENT->files()             # return list of all files known to DB
         CLIENT->lines()             # return lines in currently loaded file
         CLIENT->loadfile(FILE,LINE) # load a file and let other clients know
         CLIENT->lineevents()        # return info on lines with actions
         CLIENT->evalcode(STRING)  # eval STRING in executing code's context
         CLIENT->prestop([STRING]) # execute in code context before stopping
         CLIENT->poststop([STRING])# execute in code context before resuming

         # These methods will be called at the appropriate times.
         # Stub versions provided do nothing.
         # None of these can block.

         CLIENT->init()          # called when debug API inits itself
         CLIENT->stop(FILE,LINE) # when execution stops
         CLIENT->idle()          # while stopped (can be a client event loop)
         CLIENT->cleanup()       # just before exit
         CLIENT->output(LIST)    # called to print any output that API must show


     Perl debug information is frequently required not just by
     debuggers, but also by modules that need some "special"
     information to do their job properly, like profilers.

     This module abstracts and provides all of the hooks into
     Perl internal debugging functionality, so that various

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     implementations of Perl debuggers (or packages that want to
     simply get at the "privileged" debugging data) can all bene-
     fit from the development of this common code.  Currently
     used by Swat, the perl/Tk GUI debugger.

     Note that multiple "front-ends" can latch into this debug-
     ging API simultaneously.  This is intended to facilitate
     things like debugging with a command line and GUI at the
     same time, debugging debuggers etc.  [Sounds nice, but this
     needs some serious support -- GSAR]

     In particular, this API does not provide the following func-

     +   data display

     +   command processing

     +   command alias management

     +   user interface (tty or graphical)

     These are intended to be services performed by the clients
     of this API.

     This module attempts to be squeaky clean w.r.t "use strict;"
     and when warnings are enabled.

     Global Variables

     The following "public" global names can be read by clients
     of this API. Beware that these should be considered

             Name of current executing subroutine.

             The keys of this hash are the names of all the known
             subroutines.  Each value is an encoded string that
             has the sprintf(3) format "("%s:%d-%d", filename,
             fromline, toline)".

             Single-step flag.  Will be true if the API will stop
             at the next statement.

             Signal flag. Will be set to a true value if a signal
             was caught.  Clients may check for this flag to
             abort time-consuming operations.

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             This flag is set to true if the API is tracing
             through subroutine calls.

             Contains the arguments of current subroutine, or the
             @ARGV array if in the toplevel context.

             List of lines in currently loaded file.

             Actions in current file (keys are line numbers).
             The values are strings that have the sprintf(3) for-
             mat "("%s\000%s", breakcondition, actioncode)".

             Package namespace of currently executing code.

             Currently loaded filename.

             Fully qualified name of currently executing subrou-

             Line number that will be executed next.

     API Methods

     The following are methods in the DB base class.  A client
     must access these methods by inheritance (*not* by calling
     them directly), since the API keeps track of clients through
     the inheritance mechanism.

             register a client object/package

             eval STRING in executing code context

             ask DB not to stop in these packages

             run some more (until a breakpt is reached)

             single step


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             step over

             de-register from the debugging API

     Client Callback Methods

     The following "virtual" methods can be defined by the
     client.  They will be called by the API at appropriate
     points.  Note that unless specified otherwise, the debug API
     only defines empty, non-functional default versions of these

             Called after debug API inits itself.

             Usually inherited from DB package.  If no arguments
             are passed, returns the prestop action string.

             Called when execution stops (w/ args file, line).

             Called while stopped (can be a client event loop).

             Usually inherited from DB package.  If no arguments
             are passed, returns the poststop action string.

             Usually inherited from DB package.  Ask for a STRING
             to be "eval"-ed in executing code context.

             Called just before exit.

             Called when API must show a message (warnings,
             errors etc.).


     The interface defined by this module is missing some of the
     later additions to perl's debugging functionality.  As such,
     this interface should be considered highly experimental and
     subject to change.


     Gurusamy Sarathy    gsar@activestate.com

     This code heavily adapted from an early version of
     perl5db.pl attributable to Larry Wall and the Perl Porters.

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