[IPython-dev] Curses Frontend

Brian Granger ellisonbg at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 14:22:56 EST 2010

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 2:56 AM, Walter Dörwald <walter at livinglogic.de> wrote:
> On 08.03.10 21:38, Brian Granger wrote:
>> Wendell,
>>> It looks to me like ipipe is on deathrow for IPython 0.11, and in my
>>> version of 0.11 it crashes occasionally. It has some interesting
>>> functionality, but if its not going to be part of the main distribution,
>>> support for it will have to wait. I'm also a very long way from getting
>>> any sort of curses frontend working, and that's definitely highest
>>> priority: basic functionality.
>> Yes, we need to decide what to do with ipipe for 0.11.  My feeling is that
>> it should be hosted as a separate project (that is why it is in deathrow)
>> but this has not been discussed.
> I have no problem with taking ipipe out of the IPython distribution and
> releasing it as a separate project.
> We could have a page in the IPython wiki that lists all external IPython
> extensions.

Yes, I think this is a good idea.

>> We are really wanting to keep the core of
>> IPython as small as possible, as the code base has grown in size far
>> beyond our development teams abilities to keep up.
>> Minimally, ipipe needs to be updated to the new APIs, but that
>> shouldn't be too difficult.
> Do you have any hints on how that could be done? What ipipe currently
> uses is the following:
>    from IPython.utils import generics
>    generics.result_display.when_type(Display)(display_display)

Is there a problem with generics?  If so it might be related to this:


It this is a different issue, could you explain further?



>>> However, I'm definitely going to keep in mind that others may wish to
>>> use curses from within the curses frontend; once the main curses
>>> frontend is working, I'll think about how that may work.
>> Great!
>> Brian
> Servus,
>   Walter
>>> On 03/05/2010 12:27 PM, Walter Dörwald wrote:
>>>> IPython contains some curses functionality (in the ipipe module). To
>>>> check it out, do
>>>>     >>>  from ipipe import *
>>>>     >>>  ils
>>>> Documentation can be found here http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/UsingIPipe
>>>> It would be great if your curses frontend still supported ipipe.
>>>> Servus,
>>>>     Walter
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Brian E. Granger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
bgranger at calpoly.edu
ellisonbg at gmail.com

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