[IPython-user] [FWD] How I run IPython inside of emacs shell?

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Mon Mar 8 17:35:14 CST 2004

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> Subject: How I run IPython inside of emacs shell?
> From: Ir Forex <ir4u4 at yahoo.com>
> Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 22:42:02 -0800 (PST)
> To: ipython-user at scipy.net
> Hi,
> I just figured out how to run python inside of emacs:
> I use meta-x shell to start a shell and then once I see a shell
> prompt I enter the python command and I get a well-behaved python
> shell inside of emacs.
> I'm trying to figure out the best way to run ipython inside of emacs.
> When I run the ipython shell command inside of an emacs shell it
> does not act very clean (the prompt is messy looking).
> So I put two files in my /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/ dir:
> python-mode.el
> ipython.el
> I got both files from 
> http://ipython.scipy.org/
> I'm not sure what to do next.
> So far I've tried this:
> -run meta-x ipython while inside of a shell buffer
> -run meta-x ipython while inside of a shell buffer which is running ipython
> -run meta-x ipython while inside of a python-mode buffer
> All three of the above ideas obviously don't work.
> Please post some clues.
> thanks,
> -moi
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Answer: note that I posted this same answer on c.l.py when I saw this earlier 
today.  I repost it here for the sake of completeness.

Try instead putting the following in your .emacs file:

(require 'ipython)

Then, start the ipython shell via C-c ! (that is, Control-C followed by an
exclamation mark), from a python buffer.  Don't do meta-x 'shell', because
it won't initialize properly the color handling.  Let me know if this works
ok. Feel free to mail me directly to fperez-AT-colorado-DOT-edu, I'm the
ipython main developer, or to the mailing lists.  If I get stuck (I'm no emacs
expert), we can ask Alex Schmolck, the original author of ipython support for



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