In order to use FDBG efficiently, you have to make some changes to your CLP(FD) program. Fortunately the calls you have to add are not numerous, and when FDBG is turned off they don't decrease efficiency significantly or modify the behavior of your program. On the other hand, they are necessary to make FDBG output easier to understand.
Assign names to the more important and more frequently occurring
variables by inserting
fdbg_assign_name/2 calls at the
beginning of your program. It is advisable to assign names to
variables in larger batches (i.e. as lists or
compound terms) with a single call.
Use pre-defined labeling predicates if possible. If you define your own labeling predicates and you want to use them even in the debugging session, then you should follow these guidelines:
)at the beginning of the predicate doing a labeling attempt, and pass the currently labeled variable as an argument to the call.
)before each labeling step. Step should be a compound term describing the labeling step, this will be
portray/1to determine how it should be printed;
)to the user defined labeling visualizers in their Event argument; see FDBG Writing Visualizers.
This way FDBG can inform you about the labeling events created by your labeling predicates exactly like it would do in the case of internal labeling. If you ignore these rules FDBG won't be able to distinguish labeling events from other FDBG events any more.