[Python-Dev] PEP 553: Built-in debug()

Nathaniel Smith njs at pobox.com
Tue Sep 5 22:58:46 EDT 2017

On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:14 PM, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
> I’ve written a PEP proposing the addition of a new built-in function called debug().  Adding this to your code would invoke a debugger through the hook function sys.debughook().

The 'import pdb; pdb.set_trace()' dance is *extremely* obscure, so
replacing it with something more friendly seems like a great idea.

Maybe breakpoint() would be a better description of what set_trace()
actually does? This would also avoid confusion with IPython's very
useful debug magic:
and which might also be worth stealing for the builtin REPL.
(Personally I use it way more often than set_trace().)


In [1]: def f():
   ...:     x = 1
   ...:     raise RuntimeError

In [2]: f()
RuntimeError                              Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-2-0ec059b9bfe1> in <module>()
----> 1 f()

<ipython-input-1-db0dc90ff5b9> in f()
      1 def f():
      2     x = 1
----> 3     raise RuntimeError


In [3]: debug
> <ipython-input-1-db0dc90ff5b9>(3)f()
      1 def f():
      2     x = 1
----> 3     raise RuntimeError

ipdb> p x


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