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Module Netlog.Debug

module Debug: sig .. end

Controlling messages for debugging Ocamlnet

Many Ocamlnet modules can emit debug messages. For a module M (e.g. Rpc_client) there is usually a sub module M.Debug providing functions controlling the debug messages. These functions send the messages to this Debug module, and from here they are forwarded to Netlog.log (with a level of `Debug).

In this module everything is by default initialized to enable debug messages (i.e., current_dlogger is set to fwd_dlogger, and this function sends the messages to current_logger where they are printed by channel_logger stderr `Debug). However, the debugged modules also need to be enabled individually. One can do this by setting the variable M.Debug.enable to true, or by calling enable_module or enable_all (see below).

Although this debug interface is mainly intended for Ocamlnet itself, it is not restricted to this. In order to use it for a user module, one has to register the boolean variable that controls whether debug messages are enabled (see register_module below). This should be done at module initialization time, and before any thread is spawned.

type dlogger = string -> string -> unit 
Debug logger: The first string is the module name, and the second is the message
val fwd_dlogger : dlogger
The standard debug logger simply prepends the module name to the message (separated by ": "), and calls the current logger to print it
val null_dlogger : dlogger
The "logger" not printing anything
val current_dlogger : dlogger Pervasives.ref
The current debug logger. This is initialized to fwd_dlogger at program startup. Set this variable to null_logger to completely turn off debug logging of Ocamlnet.
val log : string -> string -> unit
Writes a log message
val logf : string -> ('a, unit, string, unit) Pervasives.format4 -> 'a
Writes a log message like printf
val enable_module : string -> unit
val disable_module : string -> unit
Enable or disable the passed module M (e.g. enable_module "Rpc_client"). No exception is raised when the module name is invalid! Because of this, it is usually safer to change the variable M.Debug.enable directly (e.g. Rpc_client.Debug.enable := true).
val enable_all : unit -> unit
Enable all modules
val disable_all : unit -> unit
Disable all modules (the default)
val names : unit -> string list
Return the possible module names for enable_module and disable_module

For debugged Ocamlnet modules

val register_module : string -> bool Pervasives.ref -> unit
Registers the enable variable of the named module
val mk_dlog : string -> bool Pervasives.ref -> string -> unit
let dlog = mk_dlog "M" enable: The conditional debug function
val mk_dlogr : string -> bool Pervasives.ref -> (unit -> string) -> unit
let dlogr = mk_dlog "M" enable: The conditional debug function

File descriptor tracking

Netlog.Debug also has a little hash table that maps file descriptors to an info record. This allows it to track file descriptors more easily, and to find file descriptor leaks, and "double close" bugs. All long-living descriptors managed by Ocamlnet should go into this table.
type serial 
A serial number for the optional tracking of ownership
val new_serial : unit -> serial
Create new serial number
val track_fd : ?update:bool ->
?anchor:'a ->
?sn:serial ->
owner:string -> descr:string -> Unix.file_descr -> unit
track_fd ~owner ~descr fd: Enters the descriptor fd into the descriptor table. The owner string should be set to the module name. In descr one can give additional information, e.g. about the purpose, and details like the file name.

It is not an error if there is also an entry for the descriptor fd. However, a warning is emitted (using the debug logger). By setting update to true, this warning can be suppressed. The old entry is overwritten by the new one.

The anchor can be an arbitrary boxed value. When the garbage collector calls the finaliser for anchor the descriptor is marked as dead, and will be tagged in the fd_table as such.

By setting sn to a new serial number, the knowledge of this number is required to update the descriptor entry later, and to release the descriptor. If the entry is tried to be updated or released with the wrong serial number, a warning is emitted (to the debug logger).

val release_fd : ?sn:serial -> ?force:bool -> Unix.file_descr -> unit
Removes this descriptor from the descriptor table.

It is not an error if the descriptor does not exist in the table. However, a warning is emitted (using the debug logger).

release_fd must be invoked before the descriptor is actually closed.

force: If set, all warnings are suppressed

val fd_string : ?owner:bool -> ?descr:bool -> Unix.file_descr -> string
Return a string for generating debug messages. By default, the string only includes the numeric descriptor value.

If owner is set to true, the string also includes the owner. If descr is set to true, the string also includes the description.

The full version of this string looks like "76(Http_client -". An untracked descriptor looks like "76(?)".

val fd_table : unit -> string list
Returns the table of descriptors as list of lines. One can easily print them to stdout using List.iter print_endline (fd_table()).
val enable_fd_tracking : bool Pervasives.ref
By setting to true, each track_fd and release_fd is logged.
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