[IPython-user] Re: [IPython-dev] I need feedback: new escape for @magics?

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Tue Oct 5 13:55:33 CDT 2004

Fernando Perez schrieb:
> Prabhu Ramachandran wrote:

>>% sounds good.  The only thing to keep in mind is, is it possible to
>>use a magic in situations where '%' is not the first character?  From
>>the discussions I assume not but are there future plans for requiring
>>such a thing?
> There isn't a really 'official' way to do so, but you can always do:
> __IP.magic_foo('bar baz')
> which is really what ipython does when you type
> foo bar baz
> at a prompt.  I may introduce an ipmagic() true python function, injected by 
> ipython into __builtin__ at startup, to do this:
> ipmagic('foo','bar baz')
> which would expose this interface more cleanly.  This would give a user-level 
> mechanism for calling magics anywhere without having to rely on name mangling 
> tricks (which will not be valid for long, as I intend to clean that mess up soon).

I've committed to CVS the change @ -> %, and I also added this ipmagic() 
function, in case you need to call magics inside any compound statement or via 
a script you want to execute through %run.  I think this is a useful addition.

I'm waiting on the 2-week period I said I'd give for the licensing change to 
take effect, and we'll probably have ipython 0.6.4 out as a BSD-licensed, 
Python 2.4-decorator-compatible release then :)



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