Error handler that attaches a debugger to a running process when an error is detected. This routine is useful for examining variables, etc.


#include "petscsys.h"   
PetscErrorCode PetscAttachDebuggerErrorHandler(MPI_Comm comm, int line, const char *fun, const char *file, PetscErrorCode num, PetscErrorType p, const char *mess, void *ctx)

Not Collective

Input Parameters#

  • comm - communicator over which error occurred

  • line - the line number of the error (indicated by LINE)

  • file - the file in which the error was detected (indicated by FILE)

  • message - an error text string, usually just printed to the screen

  • number - the generic error number

  • p - PETSC_ERROR_INITIAL if error just detected, otherwise PETSC_ERROR_REPEAT

  • ctx - error handler context

Options Database Keys#

  • -on_error_attach_debugger [noxterm,dbx,xxgdb,xdb,xldb,gdb] [- display name] - Activates debugger attachment

  • -start_in_debugger [noxterm,dbx,xxgdb,xdb,xldb,gdb] [- display name] [-debugger_ranks m,n]


By default the GNU debugger, gdb, is used. Alternatives are cuda-gdb, lldb, dbx and xxgdb,xldb (on IBM rs6000), xdb (on HP-UX).

Most users need not directly employ this routine and the other error handlers, but can instead use the simplified interface SETERR, which has the calling sequence

SETERRQ(PETSC_COMM_SELF, number, p, message)

Notes for experienced users#

Use PetscPushErrorHandler() to set the desired error handler. The currently available PETSc error handlers are

or you may write your own.

Developer Note#

This routine calls abort instead of returning because if it returned then MPI_Abort() would get called which can generate an exception causing the debugger to be attached again in a cycle.

See Also#

PetscSetDebuggerFromString(), PetscSetDebugger(), PetscSetDefaultDebugger(), PetscError(), PetscPushErrorHandler(), PetscPopErrorHandler(), PetscTraceBackErrorHandler(), PetscAbortErrorHandler(), PetscMPIAbortErrorHandler(), PetscEmacsClientErrorHandler(), PetscReturnErrorHandler(), PetscSetDebugTermainal()





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