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From Samisa Abeysinghe <>
Subject Re: Trace
Date Thu, 05 Aug 2004 10:53:07 GMT
Sounds good to me.

As the method body of 'trace' is excuted only if the trace option is set this would not be
problem for individual cases.
However, depending on how often the method is called, there could be a performance hit. (but
be this is negligible at times)

To let those who wish to go without the trace at all, we could use both the dynamic and static
options in combination. (i.e. have both compiler option and conf file option)


--- John Hawkins <> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> More observations and questions -
> We are currently trying to track down a problem and therefore require
> trace. This made us look at trace !
> 1) Trace seems to be used mainly for error messages rather than e.g.
> tracing entry and exit of methods - Fair enough.
> 2) Dynamic versus static initialisation of trace: Trace is currently a
> compile time option. This is not really very good for dealing with a
> customer situation where I can't really expect them to stop their system
> and start it again with a different version of our libraries. We have
> looked at trace code and concluded that it would be reasonably simple to
> put in the conf file a flag to say whether you wanted trace on or not. This
> would mean that the trace methods would always be called but the trace
> object (AxisTrace) would look at the flag and consider whether to actually
> do anything or not e.g.
> AxisTrace::trace(...)
> {
>        if(traceOn)
>       {
>             tracestuff
>       }
> }
> Now, I understand that calling a method when you might do nothing in it is
> not great but that's why I pointed out that really trace is not really full
> blown trace rather we use it more as an error message writer. In which case
> the trace is only used when something goes wrong and thus no performance
> overhead in the main line of code.
> Any thoughts - if not then we'll go ahead and implement the changes asap.
> thankyou,
> John.

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