[IPython-dev] IPython 0.9.1 and sys.stdin

Fernando Perez fperez.net@gmail....
Tue Apr 7 18:46:40 CDT 2009

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 7:10 AM, Nicolas Rougier
<Nicolas.Rougier@loria.fr> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've question regarding stdin ipython handling. If I try to run
> interactively the following script:
> import sys
> #import IPython
> class TerminalIn:
>     def __init__(self):  pass
>     def close(self):     pass
>     flush = close
>     def isatty(self):    return True
>     def read(self, a):   return self.readline()
>     def readline(self):  return '"q"'
>     def readlines(self): return []
>     def write(self, s):  return None
>     def writelines(self, l): return None
> sys.stdin = TerminalIn()
> and then type 'help()' in the console, depending on the IPython
> import, I get different results. If I do not include IPython, the help
> exists immediately (as expected) while if I import IPython, the help
> does not exit immediately, making me think that IPython is changing
> something without any kind of warning.

Mmh, I'm not quite finding right now exactly what it is that may be
changing.  For one thing, ipython does load help() by itself in
ipmaker, but this is just the same _Helper object that plain python

    # Put 'help' in the user namespace
        from site import _Helper
        IP.user_ns['help'] = _Helper()
    except ImportError:
        warn('help() not available - check site.py')

You may also try to manually make changes in genutils.py, where the
system-wide Term object is created:

class IOTerm:
    """ Term holds the file or file-like objects for handling I/O operations.

    These are normally just sys.stdin, sys.stdout and sys.stderr but for
    Windows they can can replaced to allow editing the strings before they are

    # In the future, having IPython channel all its I/O operations through
    # this class will make it easier to embed it into other environments which
    # are not a normal terminal (such as a GUI-based shell)
    def __init__(self,cin=None,cout=None,cerr=None):
        self.cin  = IOStream(cin,sys.stdin)
        self.cout = IOStream(cout,sys.stdout)
        self.cerr = IOStream(cerr,sys.stderr)

# Global variable to be used for all I/O
Term = IOTerm()

In principle this is just a wrapper, but it might be causing some side

Just some starting pointers, not a full solution I'm afraid.



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