Some collected information to enable or use debugging in Vish.


Debugging using gdb:

Start vish like any other binary using GDB, e.g:

gdb --eval-command=run --args vish myscript.vis

or use the shortcut as defined in vish/bin/bashrc as

db vish myscript.vis

. See gdb-user-manual. Note that vish has to be compiled in debug mode. The variable MAKE_CFG has to be set to Debug for that purpose. This can be done globally as an environment variable or locally in a make command. Globally:

export MAKE_CFG=Debug

Remember that setting an environment variable in a shell is only valid for that shell, not another. To make it “permanent” include this setting in your  .bashrc or .profile.
For a local build:

make MAKE_CFG=Debug

Valid entries for MAKE_CFG are Debug and Optimize.

Verbosity constants:

Several constants can be set to increase the output on stdout with different levels of verbosity:

  • F5_VERBOSITY for getting more F5 library related information. Value range is from 0 to 200.
  • VERBOSE_REQUEST for getting more module update request related information. Value range is from 0 to 10.

To be set by, e.g:

export F5_VERBOSITY=50

The environment variable MEMCORE_VERBOSITY is used for runtime messages printed by various Vish code. The higher the value the more detailed messages will be printed:


The variable can also be set just for a single invocation of Vish


If MEMCORE_VERBOSITY is set to a negative value, then each message will be preceded by the source code location where it is printed from.

Enabling VERBOSE messages:

Many code sections of vish include debugging messages, code like that makes use of the Verbose stream which is similar to the C++ iostream classes, but more lightweight. Its introductory stream identifier specifies the verbosity of this message as defined at runtime via the MEMCORE_VERBOSITY environment variable.

#include <memcore/Verbose.hpp>
Verbose(12) << "some debugging info";

Some code section also require code-modification and setting the #define VERBOSE  compilation defintion.

Request Cache Info File:

Vish can be requested to write out a cache information file of the currently managed memory. A USR1 signal has to be send to the Vish process and a text file ‘MemCoreDump.txt’ is written into Vish’s execution directory.

For example:

> ps -a|grep vish
>  2868 pts/1    00:00:03 vish
> kill -USR1 2868