[IPython-dev] %edit magic in new frontends

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Thu May 26 17:14:30 EDT 2011

On 26 May 2011 22:04, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:

> That doesn't bother me too much, because I think that with the
> multiline capabilities of the Qt console, many of the use cases of
> %edit are now subsumed by simply recalling a previous cell with
> up-arrow and editing it right there.  And once the amount of code in
> the cell becomes large, it's probably best to just keep a persistent
> editor open using the classic 'save, alt-tab, run' cycle.

The one thing I don't think you can easily do is editing a macro and have it
redefined from the edited code. You'd have to do '%recall macro', edit, run,
'%macro 52'. But I guess if you've got a better multi-line cell environment,
macros are less important.

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