[Haskell-cafe] Re: HPC for debugging (Was Re: GHCi Debugger

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Fri Jul 11 01:44:09 EDT 2008

On Thu, 10 Jul 2008, Don Stewart wrote:

> thomas.dubuisson:
>>> I could try GHC's new debugger. But my experiences with it so far have
>>> shown that for all but the most trivial programs possible, it becomes
>>> intractably difficult to figure out what the debugger is actually
>>> showing you.
>> At times I think of ghcid as the anti-gdb.  If there's a series of let
>> bindings, each mutating the predecessor, its enjoyable to see the
>> debugger start at the bottom and crawl its way back up.
> I'd like to relate a debugging effort this week. A colleague had an
> exception thrown from deep within a large body of code, we knew not where.

Let me relate this to the Extensible Exception thread of the 
Haskell-Library list. Your exception - was it an 'error' or an IO 
exception? If it would be an exception (like "file not found") and we 
would use ErrorT monad for exceptions with specific types for the 
exceptions, then it would be clearer where the exception can come from. 
However if it was an error, then we cannot handle it terminally by some 
exception-catching like mechanism.

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