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A question about debugging zsh using set -x to an independent log file

I have a very highly instrumented zsh and am experiencing a particular
heisenbug. The zsh process just exits for no apparent reason. I have set
the OS to produce coredumps and this did not generate any when the issue
was reproduced.

I think that a reasonable approach to debugging that is very likely to
produce useful results is to use the set -x option to show each command
that ran. then at least I can see what area of plugins might be implicated.

The problem is that this is a heisenbug and it comes and goes, the shell
will be simply unusable when the xtrace output is there, and I can't really
use the shell effectively if I redirect stderr to a file. So I am hoping
there is a way to get the xtrace output and ONLY the xtrace output into a
separate file. If there is no feature in place I still expect that there
should be an easy way to patch zsh to allow me this.


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