[IPython-dev] Creation of .ipython directory

Fernando Perez fperez.net@gmail....
Wed Apr 1 04:37:16 CDT 2009


sorry I never replied to this...

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg.net@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Previously, the only IPython command line program that used the
> .ipython directory was "ipython" itself.  Now, however, other command
> line programs (ipcluster, ipcontroller, ipengine) also use the
> .ipython directory.  A user just found a bug where they ran
> "ipcluster" *before* "ipython" was ever run on their system.  Thus,
> "ipcluster" couldn't find the .ipython directory and an exception was
> raised.


> So, I have a question:  where in the IPython code base is the code
> that looks to see if the .ipython directory exists and then creates it
> if not?

iplib, around line 1115:

    def user_setup(self,ipythondir,rc_suffix,mode='install'):
        """Install the user configuration directory.

        Can be called when running for the first time or to upgrade the user's
        .ipython/ directory with the mode parameter. Valid modes are 'install'
        and 'upgrade'."""


> Should this same code be called by all IPython processes that
> might need the .ipython directory?

That seems reasonable to me, but it needs to be made more robust:

In [1]: _ip.IP.user_setup('/home/fperez/.ipython/','rc')
Welcome to IPython. I will try to create a personal configuration directory
where you can customize many aspects of IPython's functionality in:

Initializing from configuration

There was a problem with the installation:
[Errno 17] File exists: '/home/fperez/.ipython/'
Try to correct it or contact the developers if you think it's a bug.
IPython will proceed with builtin defaults.
Please press <RETURN> to start IPython.

Basically, just a matter of changing it so that it can be called
anytime and *it* checks whether that dir exists.  Today, the code is
called in ipmaker:

    # Create user config directory if it doesn't exist. This must be done
    # *after* getting the cmd line options.
    if not os.path.isdir(opts_all.ipythondir):

If the check was moved inside, this could safely be called at startup
by others without fear of the above error message.



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