[IPython-dev] IPython bug in tracebacks
fperez at colorado.edu
Tue Jun 10 19:38:05 CDT 2003
Gary Bishop wrote:
> The cool traceback printing code in ultraTB.py fails if a program uses
> a module from the current directory but changes it works directory
> before the traceback.
> The problem originates in inspect.getinnerframes in VerboseTB.text.
> getinnerframes calls inspect.getsourcefile which insists on
> os.path.exists(filename) before it will return filename. Problem is
> after the chdir, os.path.exists will return false for things that
> aren't full pathnames.
> I think this is a bug in inspect and I have posted a message to
> comp.lang.python expressing that opinion. We'll see if it gets a
> response. Meantime, watch out for this problem in IPython.
I think I recall recently running into another inspect problem which sounds
similar. But unfortunately I can't quite recall exactly what it was. inspect
seems to have been coded with rather 'optimistic' assumptions in many
places, and it seems to produce not too graceful failures rather easily. I
wish I'd been a bit more diligent in documenting this, so I could submit a
patch for inspect itself (besides building a workaround in ipython).
Thanks for the heads-up, though.
My university's news server seems to be down, so I'll have to wait for the
google archives to pick up this thread before I can read it.
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