Enabling Trace on Jobs Before They Start
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Tracing a job, i.e., recording the invocation path of the programs which are executed under that job, is one of the most helpful problem determination and education tools available to the operating system programmer. Methods by which currently running jobs are traced already exist, but many perform extensive processing before the conventional trace tools are permitted to trace those jobs. Examples of such jobs are remotely started communication jobs and subsystem monitors. Described is how a program running in such a job is designed to enable a user to request that the program start a trace on itself when it begins execution.