GHCi debugger status

Peter Hercek phercek at
Mon Nov 24 10:43:37 EST 2008

Daniil Elovkov wrote:
> A refinement of :tracelocal could be :tracedirect (or something) that 
> would save the history not anywhere within the given function but only 
> within parents, so to say. For example,

This looks like what I thought of as searching for values in dynamic 
stack (explained in my response to Pepe Iborra in this thread).
I just did not ask for it with a new ticket since:
* I think it is already requested by some other ticket
* if you compile with -Wall then :tracelocal should have the same
   information and only rarely name collision happens so automatic
   tracelocal trace search should return what you are looking for
   too and when needed it reruns more ... that is if the function
   is short enough to fit in the tracelocal history queue

The ticket actually has two almost independent parts:
* Adding tracelocal trace.
* Adding the automatic search for symbols in the trace and
   the trace in the search could be also some other kind of
   trace like (e.g. dynamic stack). This would not be that
   useful though since the names at higher levels in stack
   are typically different. So to make it good it would
   require matching formal arguments to expressions on
   higher level and evaluating them, not that easy to do
   as simple tracelocal search which is just based on stupid
   string comparison.


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