interpreter frame

Fernando Perez at
Thu Aug 11 20:52:52 CEST 2005

Peter Hansen wrote:

> Leo wrote:
>> Good try, but that doesn't seem to work either. Maybe I should have
>> emphasized that what I really want is the line of code, as opposed to
>> the entire frame.
> Ah, it wasn't clear from your first post that you were specifically
> interested in a line you entered at the *interactive prompt*.  The word
> "interpreter" is sometimes applied to the virtual machine, so I thought
> you just wanted the current frame inside an application.
> For the "interactive interpreter", I doubt the line of code that you are
> executing is preserved anywhere (at least not in a supported, documented
> fashion) as source, so I don't think there's a simple way to get at it.
>   Certainly not (I believe) through the frame or code object.  Maybe
> checking the source will lead to a hack solution...

If using the mock interpreter in (in the stdlib), the object's .buffer
attribute holds that info as a list of lines.  IPython exposes it publicly via
its custom exception handlers mechanism (some details here:  

Such a buffer must also exist in the CPython interactive interpreter, but I
don't think it's accessible in any way via Python-level functionality (it's
most likely an internal C variable).  But some perusing of the C sources could
indicate a way to get to it, I'm just not familiar with that particular code.



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