[ANN]PyCrash-0.4pre2 released

Carmine Noviello cnoviello@hotmail.com
Sun, 25 Apr 2004 16:16:24 GMT

a new version of PyCrash is released with new features and improvement.You
download it at:


What's new in this release:

* Added a new method to PyCrash class, forceDump(), that forces the creation
  of the crash dump, if an exception is raised. forceDump() can be very
  when an exception hasn't reached the top-level, but the user wants the
  to make a dump of the application context.

* Starting from this release, by default, PyCrash doesn't start exception
  automatically. User must invoke the enable() method to start tracing, and
  use the disable() method to stop tracing in every moment.

* Now the getEncryptedCrashDump() method of utils.Encrypt.EncryptedPyCrash
  is deprecated, and it will be no longer supported starting from
PyCrash-0.4 release.
  Use instead the getCrashDump() method.

* Added a new class HTMLPyCrash, in the pycrash.util module, which converts
the crash
  dump in HTML format rather than XML. The generated HTML dump is based on
CSS, so
  the developer can define custom CSS to arrange the output. There is also a
  script in the util subdir, named pucrash2html.py, which converts PyCrash
file in
  HTML format. You can see an example of the output generated by the HTML
dumper here:



About PyCrash Project:
PyCrash is a Run-Time Exception Dumper which handles uncaught exceptions
during the execution of Python programs and collects information about
the program context. PyCrash can be very useful in report bug information,
because the programmer can easily analyse the program execution context
of the crashed application.

Major information collected by PyCrash in the crash dump is:

- Information about operating system, Python and Python Standard
  Library version and general information about the program that is
  crashed (e.g., program name and version, time at witch program
  started and ended, and so on)

- Information about the uncaught exceptions, like the exception type,
  the context (namely method name) in which the exception occurred and
  the exception value

- General information about variables state

- Information about the stack of each thread, like the list of stack
  frames, the variables value in each stack frame, and so on

- General information about source code, like variable and function
  position in source file that can be useful for the programmer to find
  quickly bugs in source tree

The format of the crash dump file generated by PyCrash is XML, so the
programmer can easily read this file to understand why the program is

Now, is also available a GUI browser, named PyCrash Viewer, which allows
developers to analyze quickly and easily PyCrash crash dump files in a
graphical manner.

* Starting from next version, we'll try to document all the PyCrash API

More information can be found at:



<P><A HREF="http://www.pycrash.org";>PyCrash 0.4pre2</A> - a crash
handler for Python written applications. (25-04-04)</P>