[nos-bbs] trace files

Kerry Smith n3nxo at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 22 17:45:18 EDT 2010

If your lucky enough to be on a linux box, you can tail the file that your
writing to from nos.  Just use the command from a linux prompt....
tail -f <filename>.  Then to exit, just use the old fashoned <CRTL> C.
Kerry - n3nxo

--- On Wed, 9/22/10, Michael Fox - N6MEF <n6mef at mefox.org> wrote:

From: Michael Fox - N6MEF <n6mef at mefox.org>
Subject: [nos-bbs] trace files
To: "'TAPR xNOS Mailing List'" <nos-bbs at tapr.org>
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 2:42 PM

I’m having difficulty with the trace command.
If I specify no filename, it will send the output to the F9 session window.  Good.
However, while this is good for casually checking to make sure things are working, it is virtually useless for tracking down a problem because things scroll of the screen and are gone.  Also, it’s lost when you close JNOS.
If I specify a filename, it will no longer send the output to the F9 session window.  Bad.  Now I can’t see what’s going on interactively.
Also, when I specify a filename, the file is created, but has zero size and nothing in it until I exit JNOS.  Really BAD.  So now I have no trace output at all while JNOS is operating and, if it crashes, it may not be able to write the trace output file.
So, putting this together, tracking down a problem is virtually impossible.
It seems to me that:
1) JNOS should always write to the F9 session (unless strace is off, in which case, it would write to the F10 session)
2) If a file is names, then JNOS would ALSO write to the file
3)  JNOS should write to the file as it is running.  NOT buffer everything up until it terminates.
Is anyone else having this problem?  Is there a workaround?  
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