Default value for option "python print-stack"

Simon Marchi
Sat Feb 18 15:00:00 GMT 2017

On 2017-02-14 19:03, Maxim Akhmedov wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently the default value for an option "python print-stack" is 
> "message"
> that enables show only the messages of Python exceptions, but not their
> tracebacks nor line numbers.
> Though, usually the message of a Python error itself is pretty useless 
> as it
> doesn't point you where exactly the error happened. Like, suppose you 
> have a
> pretty-printer written in Python, and then you get the following 
> output:
> (gdb) yp lastKey
> Python Exception <type 'exceptions.UnboundLocalError'> local variable
> 'value_data' referenced before assignment:
> Error occurred in Python command: local variable 'value_data' 
> referenced before
> assignment
> it doesn't really tell you anything, there may be lots of usages of a 
> mentioned
> variable, and due to the dynamic nature of Python you may easily mess 
> somewhere
> and it's particularly hard to find out the exact place by this message. 
> Also,
> the exception message is duplicated.
> I see two options here.
> First one is choosing "full" as a default value for this option. Is 
> their any
> rationale for not doing that? Python tracebacks are usually not that 
> large to
> intentionally suppress them.
> Second one is appending the sourcefile:lineno to the message. Like:
> "/path/to/". I believe it should be possible to extract 
> this
> information from the traceback object you get after invoking the Python 
> code.
> From my point of view, it's a good idea to implement both of this 
> options.

I agree with the first one, I spent so much time tracking bugs in my 
Python code before knowing about this setting.


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