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Re: Debugger

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  • Subject: [mg92036] Re: Debugger
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 06:11:56 -0400 (EDT)
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magma wrote:
> Hi David,
> I used your M-Debug for a while with Mathematica 5.x and it was a real
> pleasure.
> Easy and well documented.
> Unfortunately it does not seem to work any longer in Mathematica 6.0 (I tried
> a couple of times).
> Would it be possible for you to update it and make it usable with the
> "6th generation" ?
> I think many Mathematica users would appreciate it.
Thanks for your comments!

Unfortunately, the debugger will not work with 6.0 - I know. I am toying 
with the idea of making a debugger that would work exclusively with .m 
(package) files - which need not, of course, contain a package. Such a 
file could be read in by the debugger and pre-processed to insert line 
number information - thus avoiding the use of TraceScan and the heavy 
overhead per step. This approach would preserve the line number 
information and would probably run acceptably fast.

I guess I am waiting for the next release of Mathematica to see if they 
make the debugger more usable - if they don't, I will probably release 

David Bailey

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