The module pdb defines an interactive source code debugger for Python programs. It supports setting (conditional) breakpoints and single stepping at the source line level, inspection of stack frames, source code listing, and evaluation of arbitrary Python code in the context of any stack frame. It also supports post-mortem debugging and can be called under program control.
The debugger is extensible -- it is actually defined as the class Pdb . This is currently undocumented but easily understood by reading the source. The extension interface uses the modules bdb (undocumented) and cmd .
The debugger's prompt is "(Pdb) ". Typical usage to run a program under control of the debugger is:
>>> import pdb >>> import mymodule >>> pdb.run('mymodule.test()') > <string>(0)?() (Pdb) continue > <string>(1)?() (Pdb) continue NameError: 'spam' > <string>(1)?() (Pdb)
pdb.py can also be invoked as a script to debug other scripts. For example:
python /usr/local/lib/python1.5/pdb.py myscript.py
Typical usage to inspect a crashed program is:
>>> import pdb >>> import mymodule >>> mymodule.test() Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in ? File "./mymodule.py", line 4, in test test2() File "./mymodule.py", line 3, in test2 print spam NameError: spam >>> pdb.pm() > ./mymodule.py(3)test2() -> print spam (Pdb)
The module defines the following functions; each enters the debugger in a slightly different way: