pdb and jump - newbie question

BiDi bidihall at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 07:01:54 CEST 2011

I have been trying to figure out how to use pdb to correct simple errors in a file and then continue with program execution. Perhaps someone can tell me why this is not working for me.

Here is my file test.py:

import pdb

print """
this is a test file
x = 0
y = 4.2
z = y/x
print z

print "with a bug"

The line `z = y/x` fails because x is zero.

If I run this, I can step until that exception occurs, at which point I see

ZeroDivisionError: 'float division'
> c:\temp\test.py(9)<module>()
-> z = y/x

Now, I thought I would be able to set x to another value and then jump back to re-run the line with the division statement. However, that does not seem to work. Here's what happens:

(Pdb) !x = 2
(Pdb) j 9
> c:\temp\test.py(9)<module>()
-> z = y/x
(Pdb) n
> c:\temp\test.py(9)<module>()->None
-> z = y/x
(Pdb) n
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\temp\test.py", line 9, in <module>
    z = y/x
ZeroDivisionError: float division

I have also tried assigning a value to z and jumping past the illegal division, but I can't get that to work either.

It seems that there must be a way to do this, but I can't find it. Any help would be appreciated.


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