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11 Debugging Features

When debugging a program, programmers often find it helpful to examine the program's internal status while it runs: the values of internal variables, the choices made in if and cond statements, and so forth. Guile Scheme provides a debugging interface that programmers can use to single-step through Scheme functions and examine symbol bindings. This is different from the Debugging, which permits programmers to debug the Guile interpreter itself. Most programmers will be more interested in debugging their own Scheme programs than the interpreter which evaluates them.

[FIXME: should we include examples of traditional debuggers and explain why they can't be used to debug interpreted Scheme or Lisp?]