[IPython-user] from __future__ import division

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Fri Dec 16 13:06:39 CST 2005

Hi all,

Darren Dale wrote:
> On Friday 16 December 2005 11:50, Harri Pasanen wrote:
>>I've been looking for a way to automatically enable 3/4=0.75 style division
>>in ipython, but
>>so far no luck.
>>execute from __future__ import division
>>in ipythonrc does not do it, and to me it it looks currently impossible to
>>do in general from pure python.
>>Am I missing something, is there a way?
> I would also like to know how to do this, at least for the -pylab and -p scipy 
> modes. 

this one was a bit tricky to get to work, and I'm not exactly sure why. 'exec' 
was failing in all the simple forms I tried, but eventually I got it to work 
with a compiled code object.  It's not clear to me why passing 'exec' a string 
would produce different results than passing it a compiled code object, but 
I'm in a hurry so I'll have to read up on exec's subtleties later.

To make this work, just put the following into your ~/.ipython/ipythonrc file. 
  Please note that this should be a SINGLE LINE, my mail client splits it into 
two.  Piece it back together in the ipythonrc file so it's only one line.

execute exec __IP.compile('from __future__ import 
division','<input>','single') in __IP.shell.user_ns



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