Port denotes the reason to activate the tracer (`port' in the 4/5-port, but with some additions):
- Normal entry through the call port of the 4-port debugger.
- Normal entry through the redo port of the 4-port debugger. The
redoport signals resuming a predicate to generate alternative solutions. If PC is 0 (zero), clause indexing has found another clause that will be tried next. Otherwise, PC is the program counter in the current clause where execution continues. This implies we are dealing with an in-clause choice point left by, e.g., ;/2. Note that non-determinism in foreign predicates are also handled using an in-clause choice point.
- The unify port represents the neck instruction, signalling the end of the head-matching process. This port is normally invisible. See leash/1 and visible/1.
- The exit port signals the goal is proved. It is possible for the goal to have alternatives. See prolog_frame_attribute/3 to examine the goal stack.
- The fail port signals final failure of the goal.
- An exception is raised and still pending. This port is activated on each
parent frame of the frame generating the exception until the exception
is caught or the user restarts normal computation using
retry. Except is the pending exception term.
breakinstruction is executed. PC is program counter. This port is used by the graphical debugger.
- A cut is encountered at PC. This port is used by the graphical debugger to visualise the effect of the cut.
- A cut has been executed. See
cut_call(PC)for more information.
Frame is a reference to the current local stack frame, which can be examined using prolog_frame_attribute/3. Choice is a reference to the last choice point and can be examined using prolog_choice_attribute/3. Action must be unified with a term that specifies how execution must continue. The following actions are defined:
- Abort execution. See abort/0.
- Continue (i.e., creep in the command line debugger).
- Make the current goal fail.
- Step over the current goal without executing it.
- Continue execution in normal nodebugging mode. See nodebug/0.
- Retry the current frame.
- Retry the given frame. This must be a parent of the current frame.
- Skip over the current goal (i.e., skip in the command line debugger).
- Skip to the parent goal (i.e., up in the command line debugger).
Together with the predicates described in section 4.39 and the other predicates of this chapter, this predicate enables the Prolog user to define a complete new debugger in Prolog. Besides this, it enables the Prolog programmer to monitor the execution of a program. The example below records all goals trapped by the tracer in the database.
prolog_trace_interception(Port, Frame, _PC, continue) :- prolog_frame_attribute(Frame, goal, Goal), prolog_frame_attribute(Frame, level, Level), recordz(trace, trace(Port, Level, Goal)).
To trace the execution of `go' this way the following query should be given:
?- trace, go, notrace.