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Traps (G_BREAKPOINT) and traces for the debuging
Some code portions contain trap variables that can be set during
debugging time if G_ENABLE_DEBUG has been defined upon compilation
(use the --enable-debug=yes option to configure for this, macros.txt
covers more details).
Such traps lead to immediate code halts to examine the current
program state and backtrace.
Currently, the following trap variables exist:
static volatile gulong g_trap_free_size;
static volatile gulong g_trap_realloc_size;
static volatile gulong g_trap_malloc_size;
If set to a size > 0, g_free(), g_realloc() and g_malloc()
respectively, will be intercepted if the size matches the
size of the corresponding memory block to free/reallocate/allocate.
This will only work with g_mem_set_vtable (glib_mem_profiler_table)
upon startup though, because memory profiling is required to match
on the memory block sizes.
static volatile GObject *g_trap_object_ref;
If set to a valid object pointer, ref/unref will be intercepted
static volatile gpointer *g_trap_instance_signals;
static volatile gpointer *g_trace_instance_signals;
If set to a valid instance pointer, debugging messages
will be spewed about emissions of signals on this instance.
For g_trap_instance_signals matches, the emissions will
also be intercepted with G_BREAKPOINT ();
Environment variables for debugging
When G_ENABLE_DEBUG was defined upon compilation, the GObject library
supports an environment variable GOBJECT_DEBUG that can be set to a
combination of the flags passed in to g_type_init() (currently
"objects" and "signals") to trigger debugging messages about
object bookkeeping and signal emissions during runtime.
2000/02/04 Tim Janik