python-mode is missing the class browser

Neal Becker ndbecker2 at
Fri Aug 8 20:27:49 CEST 2008

>Alexander Schmolck wrote:

> "Adam Jenkins" <emperorcezar at> writes:
>> On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 7:32 AM, Michele Simionato
>> <michele.simionato at> wrote:
>>> On Aug 7, 5:55 pm, Alexander Schmolck <a.schmo... at> wrote:
>> ...
>>> I have solved by using ipython.el which was already installed. For the
>>> sake of
>>> future googlers using Ubuntu 8.04, emacs and ipython, it is enough if
>>> you just add
>>> (setq ipython-command "/usr/bin/ipython")
>>> (require 'ipython)
>>> to your .emacs. It is nice since I get the occasion to try ipython.el
>>> which I am
>>> sure I will like ;)
>> So, I'm looking at the .el, but I'm not sure. What else does
>> ipython.el give you than just the ipython shell?
> What else could you possibly want? :)
> Seriously, ipython.el is a simple kludge whose only function is to make
> python-mode work with ipython (rather than python[*]). Despite this
> certain primitiveness (c.f. slime), Emacs+ipython makes quite a powerful
> development environment, significantly more so than ipython alone or emacs
> + python. Most importantly thre is:
> 1. debug. Try it: write some code that will throw an unhandled exception,
> and
>    just type ``debug``. Type ``u`` and ``d`` to go up and down the stack
>    frame, and see the right file and line pop up in emacs. I really find
>    that combined with the ability to do arbitrary things with the things I
>    find on the stack incredibly useful for development.
> 2. ? and ?? as well as ed. To get help on foo you just write ``foo?``. To
> get
>    its source code as well type ``foo??``. Finally to edit the code that
>    correspond's to foo's class or function definition (also works on class
>    instances)) type ``ed foo`` (IIIRCk the default behavior is
>    autoexecution, so you might want to re-alias).
> 3. Autocompletion with tab.
> 4. run (including -d and -p options). Try ``run?``
> 5. Matplotlib and gui stuff works interactively. (-pylab cmdline option)
> 6. Convenient Shell interaction (ls, !, int) and interpolation from and
> too
>    python
> 7. Pretty printing.
> But there's plenty more stuff. The most useful in terms of added
> functionality via emacs is 1, but isearch and emacs editing power make the
> ipython shell output also noticably more useful (and thus things like ?,
> ?? and pretty printing).
> cheers,
> 'as
> [*] Inter alia the prompt parsing stuff needs to be different and the ansi
>     color formatting needs to be dealt with.
> --

Unfortunately, ipython.el seems to be incompatible with use on your own scripts if they process command line options (e.g., optparse).

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