[IPython-User] Migrating old configuration files to 0.11

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Tue Aug 2 17:09:45 CDT 2011

Thorsten Kampe (correctly, if frustratedly) points out on python-list that the 
documentation on the new configuration mechanism is not helpful to people trying 
to migrate their old configuration files to the new system, despite its promise 
to do so.


Most of the documentation isn't useful to IPython end-users, only users of 
IPython as a library or IPython developers themselves, so most of the content 
should be moved to the Developer's Guide.


My response simply suggested starting with the generated ipython_config.py file 
and editing it from there. Most of the simple options are almost exactly the 
same except that their names are now "fully qualified". I have invited Thorsten 
to post his configuration here so we can migrate it for him and hopefully get 
some specific examples of where that simple process breaks down (e.g. some of 
the fancier stuff done in ipy_user_conf.py files requires more translation) so 
that we can document them.


Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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