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Opium: An extendable trace analyzer for prolog. (English) Zbl 0938.68023
Summary: Traces of program executions are a helpful source of information for program debugging. They, however, give a picture of program executions at such a low level that users often have difficulties to interpret the information. Opium, our extendable trace analyzer, is connected to a “standard” Prolog tracer. Opium is programmable and extendable. It provides a trace query language and abstract views of executions. Users can therefore examine program executions at the levels of abstraction which suit them. Opium has shown its capabilities to build abstract tracers and automated debugging facilities. This article describes in depth the trace query mechanism, from the model to its implementation. Characteristic examples are detailed. Extensions written so far on top of the trace query mechanism are listed. Two recent extensions are presented: the abstract tracers for the LO (Linear Objects) and the CHR (Constraint Handling Rules) languages. These two extensions were specified and implemented within a few days. They show how to use Opium for real applications.

MSC:
68N17 Logic programming
Software:
Mercury
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