ACS Developer Support
- Admin interface: /www/admin/monitoring/request-info.tcl
- Procedures: /packages/developer-support-procs.tcl, with support
The Big Picture
Software development is a big feedback loop: a developer writes something, tests it, and then repeats until the results are satisfactory. It's important to streamline this cycle by having a development environment which makes it easy to analyze what the software is doing under the hood.
Peeking Under the Hood
Our development environment previously consisted largely of Emacs, and tail -f /web/servername/log/servername-error.log. Now this has been augmented: ad_footer and ad_admin_footer now display a link entitled Developer Information. (You can use the ds_link procedure to generate the link yourself.) Following the link displays a screenful of information including:
- The times that the request started and ended, and its duration (with millisecond accuracy).
- The request parameters (method, url, query, headers, etc.).
- The output headers, if any.
- Information about all database queries performed while loading the page, including their respective durations (with millisecond accuracy).
In addition, the ClientDebug facility of AOLserver 2 has been re-implemented in the abstract URL system (which serves nearly all non-static pages). If an error occurs while serving a page, a stack trace is printed out.
Note that these nifty features pop up only when you are logged in as a site-wide administrator! Revealing this information to anyone else would pose a huge security risk.
CommentsTired of using ns_log to instrument your code, then grokking the error log to see what's wrong with your page? Use the ds_comment routine instead:
Your comment will show up at the bottom of the page, beneath the Developer Information link (but only for site-wide administrators). It will also be displayed on the Developer Information page itself.ds_comment "Foo is $foo"
Comments are displayed even if an error occurs in the page!
Load the packate acs-developer-support via package manager, browse to /ds and enable the desired options.
Be careful of you enable developer support on busy production systems - they probably incur a performance hit.
How It Works
The security subsystem registers preauth and trace filters which store relevant connection information in shared variables (nsvs). The security subsystem also renames the AOLserver ns_db procedure and registers a wrapper which aggregates information about database queries.
Example output of ACS Developer Support.
Please file bugs in the Bug Tracker.
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