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Jason Jones Moving setup_breakpoints function so it can be called by a global
pdb.setup_breakpoints() call.
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What is PDB++?

PDB++ is code that extends the Python debugger PDB. This project extends PDB++, and is just a quick proof of concept.

Why this?

  1. Turn on 'sticky mode' by default (repaint the code at each debugging step).
  2. Persist breakpoints to a file and load them when the first pdb.set_trace() is called. Also have the breakpoints auto-adjust to the next valid line if the code changes.

How do I install this?

  1. Install pdb++. (e.g. pip install pdbpp).
  2. Copy the pdb.py file in this repository to your site-packages directory (or manually change the file).

How do I store breakpoints in a file?

Create a .py-breakpoints file in your home directory, and put the breakpoint text (what you would usually specify manually in a PDB debugging session) on separate lines.

Example ~/.py-breakpoints file:


How do the breakpoints get initialized?

Add an import pdb; pdb.set_trace() to the top of the script you're running. Once the set_trace() is called, the breakpoints will be read from the file and initialized.

Can I set a breakpoint from Emacs?

Yes. This function appends breakpoints (e.g. /my/path/run.py:50) to my .py-breakpoints file:

(defun breakpoint-append()
  (setq lnum (format-mode-line "%l"))
  (setq bp (concat (buffer-file-name) ":" lnum "\n"))
  (write-region bp nil "~/.py-breakpoints" 'append)

If you're on Windows, you'll probably need to indicate the full path above (e.g. c:/Users/BobSmith/.py-breakpoints).

Does this work on Windows?

Yes, pdb++ and these modifications do work on Windows if you use a console that supports colors (I used ConEmu).


This code is adapted from:

  1. The Python code base (from pdb.py), license here.
  2. The PDB++ project (license shown as BSD here.

Any modifications are released under the MIT and/or BSD licenses.