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Author gwk
Recipients ammar2, gwk, vstinner, xdegaye
Date 2017-07-16.16:16:32
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After reviewing the thread, I'm reminded that the main design problem concerns preserving behavior of this idiom:
"old=sys.gettrace(); ...; sys.settrace(old)"

If we add more state, i.e. the `trace_instructions` bool, then the above idiom no longer correctly stores/reloads the full state.

Here are the options that I see:

1. New APIs:
* `gettrace() -> Callable # no change.`
* `settrace(tracefunc: Callable) -> None # no change.`
* `gettraceinst() -> Callable # new.`
* `settraceinst(tracefunc: Callable) -> None # new.`
* `settrace()` raises if `gettraceinst()` is not None.
* `settraceinst()` raises if `gettrace()` is not None.

2. Add keyword arg to `settrace`.
* `gettrace() -> Callable # no change.`
* `settrace(tracefunc: Callable, trace_instructions:Optional[bool]=False) -> None # added keyword.`
* `gettracestate() -> Dict[str, Any] # new.`
* `gettracestate()` returns the complete trace-related state: currently, `tracefunc` and `trace_instructions` fields.
* `gettrace()` raises an exception if any of the trace state does not match the old behavior, i.e. if `trace_instructions` is set.

3. New API, but with extensible keyword args:
* `settracestate(tracefunc: Callable, trace_instructions:Optional[bool]=False) -> None # new.`
* `gettracestate() -> Dict[str, Any] # new.`
* `settrace()` raises if `gettracestate()` is not None.
* `settracestate()` raises if `gettrace()` is not None.

As I see it:
* approach #1 is more conservative because it does not modify the old API.
* approach #2 is more extensible because all future features can be represented by the state dictionary.
* approach #3 has both of these strengths, but is also the most work.

Examples of possible future features via keywords:
* branch-level tracing, as briefly disscussed above.
* instruction filtering set, which could be a more general version of the branch tracing.

I intend to prototype one or both of these, but I'm also feeling a bit of time pressure to get the basic feature on track for 3.7.
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