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Handy tools for debugging
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This package provides various components to drop-in debugging in NoFlo.

Feel free to contribute new components and graphs! I'll try to incorporate as soon as time allows.

Usage

Quit

Quit the Node.js process.

In-ports

  • IN: everything is dropped and call process.exit upon disconnect.

Out-ports

  • OUT: no data packets are emitted. This is simply here for drop-in use of this component.

Examples

Quit the process.

'whatever' -> IN Quit(handyman/Quit) OUT -> IN NotReceivingIt(core/Output)

Log

Output all connect, begingroup, data, endgroup, and disconnect signals to screen in a formatted manner. Because NoFlo passes packets of all kinds immediately for performance (i.e. all the begingroups would be emitted before the data packets enclosed by the begingroups are emitted), The entire stream of packets passing through a particular process isn't conclusive until all packets are sent.

Therefore, if you place an 'Output' component after a 'Log' component, data packets passing through 'Output' will always be displayed on screen before anything emitted from/to the 'Log' component is displayed. However, 'Log' displays all packets in the appropriate order when other 'Log' processes are involved.

'Log' also distinguishes between "streams". A packet passing through two distinct 'Log' processes share a stream when it passes the processes before the whole flow of packets completes. For instance,

'X' -> IN A(handyman/Log) OUT -> IN Repeat(core/Repeat) OUT -> IN B(handyman/Log)

'X' is displayed twice because it passes through both processes 'A' and 'B' and it is grouped in a single stream. However, if...

'Y' -> IN A(handyman/Log) OUT -> IN Repeat(core/RepeatAsync) OUT -> IN B(handyman/Log)

'Y' is still displayed twice becauses it passes through the two processes but it's displayed separately in two streams because there is an asynchronous operation in the middle and the flow completes at the 'Repeat' process.

In-ports

  • IN: anything that will be displayed on screen.
  • OPTIONS: an object to be passed to util.inspect

Out-ports

  • OUT: if attached, everything from 'IN' will be forwarded to this port.

Examples

Print:

------------ STREAM ------------
-
-       CONNECT | 
-    BEGINGROUP | Group
-          DATA | 'Data'
-      ENDGROUP | Group
-    DISCONNECT | 
-
-       CONNECT | 
-    BEGINGROUP | Group
-          DATA | 'Data'
-      ENDGROUP | Group
-    DISCONNECT | 
-
--------------------------------
'Group' -> GROUP Group(core/Group)
'Data' -> IN Group() OUT -> IN A(handyman/Log) OUT -> IN Repeat(core/Repeat) OUT -> IN B(handyman/Log)

Print:

------------ STREAM ------------
-
-       CONNECT | 
-    BEGINGROUP | Group
-          DATA | 'Data'
-      ENDGROUP | Group
-    DISCONNECT | 
-
--------------------------------
-
-
------------ STREAM ------------
-
-       CONNECT | 
-    BEGINGROUP | Group
-          DATA | 'Data'
-      ENDGROUP | Group
-    DISCONNECT | 
-
--------------------------------
'Group' -> GROUP Group(core/Group)
'Data' -> IN Group() OUT -> IN A(handyman/Log) OUT -> IN RepeatAsync(core/RepeatAsync) OUT -> IN B(handyman/Log)
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