How to add debugging to shellscripts

Debugging bash scripts is pretty straightforward, throwing around a couple echo and set -x quickly gives you what you need. But what if you want to add a nice breakpoint,  debugging to lots of paces in the code or turn all debugging on or off at once? Then this little script I wrote is the right thing for you: just download it to the same directory as your script and include it with the following line:

It contains 4 simple functions that will make your bash coding easier.
debug and breakpoint both print the argument with a timestamp to STDERR
You can turn off all the functions by adding a DEBUG=false into your code