I sometimes encounter bugs that involve a recursion limit. It's often very hard to find the origin of the problem.

Would there be a way to copy the stack somewhere and abort the evaluation in order to know what is causing the error when a message such as the following is emitted (this is just an example)?

t = {t}
$RecursionLimit::reclim2: Recursion depth of 1024 exceeded during evaluation of {t}

In practice I have a complex program with a user interface and I can't know what's triggering the recursion. Also in Wolfram Workbench, the message breakpoint doesn't stop on such message.

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    $\begingroup$ The topic is related but threads linked by Leonid seem to be quite close: 1514 $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    May 10, 2015 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ This helps, thanks Kuba $\endgroup$
    – faysou
    May 10, 2015 at 15:03

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Using the answer of belisarius in Setting up diagnostic error messages in large Mathematica projects allows to do exactly what I wanted.

$MessagePrePrint = ( #; Print[Stack[_][[;; -5]]]; Abort[]) & 
t = {t} (*prints the stack and aborts*)

Specializing $MessagePrint to only print the Stack in a recursion helps even more for this question.

	If[#===$RecursionLimit::reclim2 || #===$IterationLimit::itlim,

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