Graceful degradation when home directory not writable #863

cool-RR opened this Issue Oct 12, 2011 · 5 comments


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I can't use IPython on because the home folder there is read-only.

Please make IPython gracefully degrade when it can't write to ~/.ipython, instead of just giving up and exiting.

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What version are you trying with? It should detect that ~/.ipython isn't writable, and use a temporary directory instead. But maybe that fails if your home directory is also read only.

IPython member

Note that you can also set the environment variable IPYTHON_DIR to point to any location you want, in case you can't update ipython. Let us know if that works...

IPython member

just to be specific: the fix is only in master, not 0.11 or earlier.

Note that IPython will still not be able to start if tempfile.mkdtemp() fails, but that should only happen if you have no access at all to the filesystem.

Closing as a duplicate of #669.

@minrk minrk closed this Oct 12, 2011
@pyinstaller-tickets-migration pyinstaller-tickets-migration referenced this issue in pyinstaller/pyinstaller Oct 18, 2014

Hook for embedded IPython #631

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