cinspect is an attempt to extend Python's built-in
inspect module to add
"inspection" for Python's builtins and other objects not written in Python.
The project is inspired by pry-doc and tries to generate indexes of the sources for C-extensions, which are then used when obects are being inspected.
How it works
We use libclang's Python bindings to parse the C-code and generate indexes out of it.
When an object is inspected, we look up the required data from the indexes and use it.
Installation and Usage
Python 3x vs 2x
cinspect's indexing tool only works with Python 2.x. The indexing tool
cinspect-index is not made available in Python 3.x, since libclang's Python
bindings are not Python 3.x compatible.
cinspect's index lookup functionality is Python 3.x compatible. See
the section Downloading indexes
cinspect depends on having
libclang installed in the system, for indexing
sources. If you can obtain the indexed sources from a different location, you
will not require
Something like the following should do it, depending on which system you are on.
sudo apt-get install libclang1-3.5 libclang-common-3.5
The easiest way to install the package currently is to run (in a virtual environment).
python setup.py develop
cinspect module currently exposes only a
are similar to equivalent functions in the built-in
Index files for some of the most common versions of Python are made available for download, so you do not have to do the indexing yourself. These indexes are available in the cinspect-data repository.
You can download these indexes by simply
Once you have created/downloaded the indexes, you can use the
getfile functions exposed by
cinspect, to inspect your objects.
Indexing your sources
If you want to generate your own indexes instead of using the ones available here, you will need to run the indexer.
The indexer is exposed as the
cinspect-index command. You can run it as follows,
cinspect-index -I/usr/lib/clang/3.5/include \ -I/home/punchagan/software/random/cpython/Include \ -I/home/punchagan/software/random/cpython/ \ /home/punchagan/software/random/cpython/
Essentially, you tell
cinspect-cindex the path to the directory you wish to
index. Since we use
libclang to index the sources, any additional arguments
you pass to this script are passed on to
libclang. To get the indexer to
work, you will have to make sure that
libclangis able to find its own includes.
- You pass-in the include dirs that the project you are indexing needs, to compile.
The indexes are currently saved at
version of the source code being indexed is by default assumed to be the same
as the version of the Python being run. Use the
--version flag to change
this, if required.
IPython monkey-patch startup script.
We have a startup script for IPython, that monkey patches it, to enable it to
cinspect. Drop the script provided in
utils/00-cinspect.py into your
IPython startup directory.
cp utils/00-cinspect.py `ipython locate profile default`/startup
?? will be patched to try and use the
cinspect indexes, once
you restart IPython (using the default profile).