Debug python programs

Peter Abel p-abel at
Thu Sep 11 21:35:03 CEST 2003

Jeremy Jones <zanesdad at> wrote in message news:<mailman.1063284197.17837.python-list at>...
> * York (yorklee70 at wrote:
> > Hi, anybody,
> > 
> > Would you please recommend some good softwares/methods for 
> > tracking/debugging python codes.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > York
> You've got lots of options.
> 1) Your standard insertion of "print" statements throughout the code.  A
> lot of times, this is good enough to get the job done.  I typically set an
> instance variable named DEBUG for each class that I create (in __init__,
> set self.DEBUG = 0 or 1).  Then I have lots of
> if self.DEBUG:
>     print "whatever" #insert debug statements here
> It's not the most elegant thing, but man, has it come in handy when you
> don't need a full-blown debugger.  (Segue into number 2)
> 2) Python comes with a pretty good debugger built in.  Here are the docs:
> 3) pychecker.  I know, I know, I know - it's not a debugger.  But if you
> point it at your code, it'll inspect it and can help you uncover some
> mistakes that can bite you in the rear.
> 4)  Never used it, but it's in the standard distribution now
> under Tools/scripts.  (I'm including this line item since you mentioned
> "tracking".  I guess this is what you mean?)
> Jeremy Jones

Try boa:

At the moment it is 
"Project of the month: Boa Constructor" at


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