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<h1>The Mesa 3D Graphics Library</h1>
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<h1>Debugging Tips</h1>
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Normally Mesa (and OpenGL) records but does not notify the user of
errors. It is up to the application to call
<code>glGetError</code> to check for errors. Mesa supports an
environment variable, MESA_DEBUG, to help with debugging. If
MESA_DEBUG is defined, a message will be printed to stdout whenever
an error occurs.
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More extensive error checking is done when Mesa is compiled with the
DEBUG symbol defined. You'll have to edit the Make-config file and
add -DDEBUG to the CFLAGS line for your system configuration. You may
also want to replace any optimization flags with the -g flag so you can
use your debugger. After you've edited Make-config type 'make clean'
before recompiling.
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In your debugger you can set a breakpoint in _mesa_error() to trap Mesa
errors.
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There is a display list printing/debugging facility. See the end of
src/dlist.c for details.
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