Breakpoints are used to purposely pause the debugging process on an activity which may trigger execution issues. Setting a condition and/or hit count turns the simple breakpoint to a conditional one. Adding logging results turns the conditional breakpoint in a conditional tracepoint. Adding only a logging message transforms the breakpoint to a simple tracepoint.
You can place and modify a breakpoint on any activity as follows:
- from the context menu, right-click an activity and select Toggle Breakpoint;
- by selecting the activity, and clicking the Breakpoints button on the Debug tab;
- by pressing F9 while the desired activity is selected.
A single activity needs to be selected for a breakpoint to be toggled. You can, however, toggle as many breakpoints as you see fit. Make sure that the order of activities in the workflow is not changed after the breakpoint is set.
Each breakpoint or tracepoint receives a specific icon based on its state. The icon is set on the activity and visible in the Breakpoints panel.
Breakpoints pause the debugging process before the activity is executed. Breakpoints can have the following states:
Conditional breakpoints are breakpoints that depend on a set condition and/or a hit count. Conditional breakpoints can have the following states:
Tracepoints are breakpoints with set logged messages. When the tracepoint is reached during debugging, the message is logged at trace level. Tracepoints can have the following states:
Conditional tracepoints have a set condition or hit count, and a logged message. The message is logged when the condition is met the number of times stated in the hit count field. Conditional tracepoints can have the following states:
To modify the state of a breakpoint or tracepoint select the activity and press F9, click the icon in the Breakpoints panel, or use the Designer or Breakpoints panel context menus. You can also click the Breakpoints button on the Debug tab, open the drop-down menu and click Toggle Breakpoint.
Breakpoints set during design time persist when reopening the automation project. Breakpoints don't persist at runtime, only at debugging.
Select a breakpoint in the panel and click the Delete button to remove it. The Delete all breakpoints option enables you to delete all the breakpoints in the current project. The Enable all breakpoints option helps you enable all breakpoints in the currently opened project. Consequently, the Disable all breakpoints option disables all breakpoints. Multiple selection is available in the Breakpoints panel.
The Breakpoints panel comes with a set of settings that can be individually adjusted for each toggled breakpoint part of the automation project. Click the icon to open the window.
Please take into consideration that any expression added in the Condition field is not validated.
The Breakpoint Settings window has the following options:
The condition for the breakpoint. If the condition is met during debugging, the execution breaks and the activity is highlighted.
Specifies the number of times the condition must be met before the execution breaks. If the hit count is higher than the number of times the condition can be met, the execution does not stop upon encountering the breakpoint. The maximum hit count value is 32,767.
Specifies the message to be logged at trace level when the condition is met. The message is visible in the Output panel. If a condition is not set, the message is still logged.
Continue execution when logging
If selected, the execution is not paused when the condition is met and the specified message is logged. Available only if a log message was previously set.
Settings for any breakpoint in the project are visible upon hovering the breakpoint in the Designer panel.
The Breakpoints panel displays all breakpoints in the current project, together with the file in which they are contained. The Activity Name column shows the activity with the toggled breakpoint, while the File Path column displays the file and its location.
The Condition column displays conditions set to breakpoints. The Log Message column shows messages to be logged if the condition is met. Hover over the breakpoint tag on an activity to view its condition and log message.
Double-click on a breakpoint to see the activity highlighted in the Designer panel. Use context menu options or the Breakpoints button in the ribbon to enable or disable breakpoints.
To delete multiple breakpoints, select them and click Delete in the context menu, or the Delete button in the panel. This removes the breakpoints from the current file.
The Delete all, Enable all and Disable all breakpoints buttons perform actions on all breakpoints listed in the panel, regardless if they are selected or not.
Right-click an item in the Breakpoints panel to open the context menu with the following options:
Deletes the selected breakpoints.
Jumps to the breakpoint in the Designer panel.
Enables the selected breakpoints.
Disables the selected breakpoints.
Opens the Breakpoint Settings window for adding a condition to the breakpoint.
Breakpoint conditions are not evaluated when using Validate File or Validate Project.
Updated about a year ago