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Waylon Walker
Waylon Walker

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Implement --pdb in a python cli

Adding a --pdb flag to your applications can make them much easier for those using it to debug your application, especially if your applicatoin is a cli application where the user has much fewer options to start this for themselves. To add a pdb flag --pdb to your applications you will need to wrap your function call in a try/except, and start a post_mortem debugger. I give credit to this stack overflow post for helping me figure this out.

import pdb, traceback, sys


def bombs():
    a = []
    print(a[0])


if __name__ == "__main__":
    if "--pdb" in sys.argv:
        try:
            bombs()
        except:
            extype, value, tb = sys.exc_info()
            traceback.print_exc()
            pdb.post_mortem(tb)
    else:
        bombs()
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Using --pdb

python yourfile.py --pdb
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running this example with and without --pdb flag


This is day 22 of posting tils, These are bite sized pieces that help me cement in what I have learned thoughout the day. eventually they will make their way into larger form pieces.


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What do you think about --pdb do you like when cli's give you this option? Has it saved your bacon?

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