[Python-ideas] Debugging: some problems and possible solutions
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Wed Oct 3 11:15:22 EDT 2018
TITLE: Saving and sharing debug code
Sometimes debug-only code should be saved and shared. For example, one
person's code written to solve a bug might be needed a second time, by
someone else. Or perhaps the same person, again. This is particularly
likely when the bug is difficult or stubborn.
At present, __debug__ is a keyword identifier, which can take only the
values True and False. It gets its value on Python startup, and then
its value can't be changed.
The possible solution is to allow Python startup to give __debug__ an
additional value, namely 2. Once this is done, code blocks such as
if __debug__ >= 2:
# my debug-only code goes here
will effectively be ignored, except when requested.
Python already does this for blocks such as
# ignored if optimised code is being generated
See also: https://docs.python.org/3/library/constants.html#__debug__
This constant is true if Python was not started with an -O option.
See also the assert statement.
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