Debugging and inspecting

The highly asynchronous nature of larigira might lead to difficulty in debugging. However, larigira has some features to help you with debugging.

Debugging options

First of all, you might want to run larigira with the environment variable LARIGIRA_DEBUG set to true. env LARIGIRA_DEBUG=true larigira will do.

With this on, message logging is much more verbose. Please observe that log messages provide information about the logger name from which the message originated: this is typically the class name of the object.

Debug API

larigira also provides HTTP API to help you with debug: /api/debug/running, for example, provides detailed information about running greenlets, with several representations:

  • the audiogens object will contain informations about greenlets associated with scheduled events. Here you can see its audiospec, timespec, and many other details
  • the greenlets object provides a simple list of every greenlets. Associated with every greenlet there is as much information as possible: object name, documentation, etc.
  • the greenlets_tree has the same information as greenlets, but is shown as a tree: this is often easier to understand. For example, the Controller greenlet should have three children (MpcWatcher, Timer and Monitor).

A user-friendly, but more limited, visualization is available at /view/status/running


When larigira receives the ALRM signal, three things happen: the playlist length is checked (as if CHECK_SECS passed); the event system “ticks” (as if EVENT_TICK_SECS passed); the DB is reloaded from disk. This is useful if you want to debug the event system, or if you manually changed the data on disk. Please note that the event system will automatically reload the DB from disk when appropriate. However, the WebUI will not, so you might have a misleading /db/list page; send an ALRM in this case.

The same effect can be triggered performing an HTTP GET /rpc/refresh.