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bread crumbs

bread crumbs: n. Debugging statements inserted into a program that
   emit output or log indicators of the program's state to a file
   so you can see where it dies or pin down the cause of surprising
   behavior. The term is probably a reference to the Hansel and Gretel
   story from the Brothers Grimm; in several variants, a character
   leaves a trail of bread crumbs so as not to get lost in the