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Date: Mon, 5 Jun 89 22:58:55 EDT
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 89 15:05:06 MDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen Nicoud)
How can a process get a backtrace of its own stack?
See the section in book 2A on the Condition system and the Debugger.
It describes a multitude of functions for getting pointers to stack
frames and accessing information in them. It describes just about
everything you'd need to reimplement the debugger yourself. Look up
DBG:WITH-ERRING-FRAME in the index, and this should get you close
(unfortunately, the page numbers in Symbolics indexes are only an
approximation to reality -- hopefully this will be improved in future
manuals written with Concordia).
You should know that 1dbg:with-erring-frame0 can only be used inside a
1condition-bind0 handler; it isn't legal to talk about frames with the
debugger tools unless you are actively handling a condition.
1condition-case0 is not sufficient; by the time you enter the handler of a
1condition-case0, a 1throw0 has been done which invalidates the stack
frame(s) which contain the error.
There is a (compiled-code-only) function named 1sys:%stack-frame-pointer
0which returns the current frame. You can use non-debugger accessors
with this frame pointer, e.g., 1sys:frame-function0. I believe you have
the source for the definition of a stack frame, so you can play with
this. The layout of a stack frame is architecture-dependent (i.e.,
different on the 36xx and Ivory), so watch out (and don't change
anything unless you2 really0 know what you're doing!). Use the editor
command meta-. to edit the source of 1sys:stack-frame0 if you're curious.
You might be interested in the function 1dbg:automatic-bug-report0, which
is called with a condition object from a 1condition-bind 0handler. It
uses 1dbg:with-erring-frame 0and various other debugger tools to generate
This function is tailored for use in network servers, so you may need to
play with it a bit to get it to do the right thing for you. It will
mail and/or file a copy of the backtrace as generated by the debugger's
control-M command, as desired. 1dbg:automatic-bug-report 0is called by
1fs:file-server-error-filter0, inter alia, for which you should also have
the source. (1fs:f-s-e-f0 is used in the NFILE server, etc., as follows:
(condition-bind ((error #'file-server-error-filter))
in case you need to figure out what's going on. As usual, having a full
who-calls database is quite valuable when it comes to figuring out what
the system is doing).
- From: Jonathan Ostrowsky <jo@STONY-BROOK.SCRC.SYMBOLICS.COM>