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Old 03-06-2011, 12:48 PM   #1
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How to print lines when debugging shell script


I am testing some bash script using -fx flags:
#!/bin/bash -fx

Now when the program runs i get output in which i need to trace i my script the different lines.
Is there some built-in flag for line numbers output on debugging?

Old 03-06-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Maybe (never tried it) export PS4='$LINENO: '

set -o functrace might help (also never tried it)
Old 03-06-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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The member GrapefruiTgirl has in the past posted a detailed PS4 line that gives you some useful information about your script:

A while back I modified it into a shell function to make it more convenient to use. I designed it to be added to your bashrc and exported so it becomes part of the shell environment.
#function for script debugging prompt
function s_dbg {

     export COLOR="\e[1;31m" CLEAR="\e[0m"
     help="$(  echo "Turn a detailed debugging prompt on or off.  Usage:"
               echo -e "${COLOR}\t$FUNCNAME on [verb] | $FUNCNAME off${CLEAR}"
               echo "Prints line# and last exit code value, as well as function name"
               echo "and relative subshell level if it goes above that of the script."
               echo "'verb' is an optional argument that turns on the shell's verbose behavior."
               echo "This function is designed to be loaded from bashrc and exported for use"
               echo "in scripts.  It doesn't do so well when called directly in an interactive shell."

     export bss=$((BASH_SUBSHELL+1)) #increment by one to counteract embedded test subshell below

     if [[ ! $* ]]; then
          echo "$help" && return
     elif [[ "$*" =~ verb ]]; then

     if [[ "$*" =~ on ]]; then
          export PS4="${COLOR}"'${LINENO}|ex:$?|${FUNCNAME[0]+Fn:${FUNCNAME[0]}|}$((($BASH_SUBSHELL > bss)) && echo "sbshl:$((BASH_SUBSHELL-1))|") '"$CLEAR"
          set -x $verb
          echo "${FUNCNAME} $@"
          echo "shell level:$SHLVL,subshell level:$BASH_SUBSHELL"
          unset PS4
          set +xv
} 2>/dev/null   #error redirect keeps function from outputting itself

export -f s_dbg   #export above function for use in scripts
I decided to remove $SHLVL from the prompt itself however, as I felt it has very limited informational value; the number only changes when a new bash instance is started after all.

Once exported, just add s_dbg on (verb) and s_dbg off to your script wherever you want the output to appear.
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Thx guys.
I will try this today.

Thx again.


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