[IPython-dev] Using the IPython API to configure profiles

Clare Sloggett claresloggett at gmail.com
Wed Feb 26 07:39:02 EST 2014

Hi Doug and Matthias,

Thanks! This helped - I mostly wanted to know that I wasn't missing a nicer
way to do it.


On 26 February 2014 00:27, Matthias BUSSONNIER <bussonniermatthias at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi,
> Le 25 févr. 2014 à 13:55, Doug Blank a écrit :
> On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM, Clare Sloggett <claresloggett at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm new to this list so please let me know if it's not a good right place
>> for this question, etc.
>> I'm wondering if it's possible to use the IPython API to generate ipython
>> profile configuration files, and if so, where I can find some guidance on
>> doing this.
>> The motivation is: I'm using python to automate some setup of ipython
>> notebook. I can use python to call the shell with "ipython profile create
>> nbserver" and then to edit the resulting ipython_config.py file. However
>> since I'm in python already, this seems roundabout - is it possible to just
>> use the IPython API directly to do these things?
>> I've found the API reference at
>> http://ipython.org/ipython-doc/stable/api/index.html .
>> I haven't found any tutorials or guides on using the IPython API, so I'm
>> just hunting through the reference, and maybe this is why I'm having
>> trouble working out the right way to approach this task. Is creating an
>> ipython profile, and configuring it, a sensible thing to do using the API,
>> and if so, can anyone give me some pointers?
>> So far I have found a way (maybe not the best way?) to create a new
>> profile directory
>> using IPython.core.profiledir.ProfileDir.create_profile_dir_by_name(), but
>> I haven't discovered any good way to handle configuration.
>> Thanks in advance!
> As a new user of IPython, I can't answer your question. But we just did
> this same task with our non-Python, external kernel. Here is what we are
> doing: we added a flag to our program (calico --create-profile) that will
> create an IPython profile. The main iprofile_config.py only needed a couple
> of options (c.KernelManager.kernel_cmd) and so we create that file
> directly. We also recursively copy from a setup directory to the ($ipython
> locate)/profile_calico/   directory, so that if we ever want to have custom
> files, we can just drop them into our setup directory, and they'll get
> copied over when you --create-profile.
> We are working on that.
> IPython 2.0 will allow you to create config file in json which will be
> easier to modify for non-python app and/or to automatize.
> Right now the logic loop through all the possible configurable is not
> pretty and use print in lots of places (like for --help-all).
> So we could refactor it, but this will most-likely be for 3.0 or later.
> We plan on having a API to edit config at some point, but it is not in
> motion yet.
> --
> M
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