break when encountering a hard or soft error caused by ACL2
Major Section:  TRACE

General forms:
(break-on-error t)    ; installs a trace causing a continuable error (break)
                      ;   when an error is invoked by ACL2.
(break-on-error)      ; same as above
(break-on-error :all) ; same as above, but even when inside the prover
(break-on-error nil)  ; uninstall any above trace
(Break-on-error) generates a suitable trace of error functions. Evaluate (trace$) after (break-on-error) if you want to see the specific trace forms (which you can modify and then submit directly to trace$, if you wish). This trace should cause entry to the Lisp debugger whenever ACL2 calls its error routines, except for certain errors when inside the theorem prover, and also at those times if option :all is supplied.

NOTE: For technical reasons, you may see some error messages more than once.

Finally, note that you are welcome to define your own version of break-on-error by modifying a copy of the source definition (search for ``(defmacro break-on-error'' in ACL2 source file other-events.lisp). Please feel free to send your version of break-on-error to the ACL2 implementors, for possible inclusion into ACL2.

Break-on-error is implmented using ACL2 trace$. See trace! if you want an explanation of the ``TTAG NOTE'' that is printed.

The argument, if supplied, is evaluated and must evaluate to t, nil, or :all.

Also see set-debugger-enable for how to get raw-Lisp backtrace information when an error occurs as a result of break-on-error, or even of a raw Lisp error, by calling set-debugger-enable with argument :bt, :bt-break, or :break-bt. Note that for ACL2 errors (as opposed to raw Lisp errors), i.e. errors affected by break-on-error, all three of those keyword values are treated equivalently (and, all are ignored for non-ANSI GCL; see set-debugger-enable).