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Generic Program Monitoring by Trace Analysis

Erwan Jahier
Mireille Ducassé


Program execution monitoring consists of checking whole executions for given properties in order to collect global run-time information. Monitoring is very useful to maintain programs. However, application developers face the following dilemma: either they use existing tools which never exactly fit their needs, or they invest a lot of effort to implement monitoring code. In this report we argue that, when an event-oriented tracer exists, the compiler developers can enable the application developers to easily code their own, relevant, monitors. We propose a high-level operator, called foldt, which operates on execution traces. One of the key advantages of our approach is that it allows a clean separation of concerns; the definition of monitors is totally distinct from both the user source code and the language compiler. We give a number of applications of the foldt operator to compute monitors for Mercury program executions: execution profiles, graphical abstract views, and two test coverage measurements. Each example is implemented by a few simple lines of Mercury.
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inria-00072264 , version 1 (23-05-2006)


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Erwan Jahier, Mireille Ducassé. Generic Program Monitoring by Trace Analysis. [Research Report] RR-4323, INRIA. 2001. ⟨inria-00072264⟩
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