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Kernel crash with empty history #260

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Running iptest leaves a completely empty history, without the blank first item used to create an offset. Running ipython-qtconsole then causes the kernel to crash as it receives a history request from the console.

In time, I'd like to do some more general work on the history code, but for now, this fixes the immediate issue so that the kernel doesn't fall over when loading an empty history.


My more thorough rewrite of the relevant code took less time than I thought. This is superseded by pull request ipython/ipython#261.

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  1. +5 −2 IPython/core/
7 IPython/core/
@@ -105,7 +105,7 @@ def __init__(self, shell):
# Object is fully initialized, we can now call methods on it.
# Fill the history zero entry, user counter starts at 1
- self.store_inputs('\n', '\n')
+ self.store_inputs('', '')
# Create and start the autosaver.
self.autosave_flag = threading.Event()
@@ -169,6 +169,9 @@ def reload_history(self):
self.input_hist_parsed = hist['parsed']
self.input_hist_raw = hist['raw']
+ if not self.input_hist_raw:
+ # Fill the history zero entry, user counter starts at 1
+ self.store_inputs('', '')
@@ -180,7 +183,7 @@ def get_history(self, index=None, raw=False, output=True):
index : n or (n1, n2) or None
- If n, then the last entries. If a tuple, then all in
+ If n, then the last n entries. If a tuple, then all in
range(n1, n2). If None, then all entries. Raises IndexError if
the format of index is incorrect.
raw : bool
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