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DISPLAY OF DEBUG INFORMATION ON A USER INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026313D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In an electrophotographic system having a user interface (U/I) for the display of programming information, the user interface may be used to aid in the troubleshooting of the system. Specifically, in systems which utilize a video display for programming, software crash or debug information may be displayed to assist the system developers or service technicians in resolving system problems.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

DISPLAY OF DEBUG INFORMATION ON A USER INTERFACE
Robert P. Ferraro
Mark F. Enzien
James J. Dombrowski

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.355/205 Int. C1. G03g 21/00

In an electrophotographic system having a user interface (U/I) for the display of programming information, the user interface may be used to aid in the troubleshooting of the system. Specifically, in systems which utilize a video display for programming, software crash or debug information may be displayed to assist the system developers or service technicians in resolving system problems.

Accordingly, the present invention encompasses the method by which debug information (e.g. memory dumps, variable tables, operating system status )

may be presented on the user interface. In general, the system debug routines, which are typically output to an external monitor or printer, are formatted so that they may be output to the system U/I. Some debug information may exceed the display capabilities of the screen. Therefore, scrolling capabilities have been inciuded in the present invention, to allow viewing of an extended set of debug information. In the present embodiment, the invention enables the use of the U/I for the display of memory dumps, task control blocks and other status information as desired, thereby eliminating the need for any external display hardware during system debug.

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 16, No. 2 MarchlApril1991 107

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