Using Python ipdb from Jupyter

If we try to use the usual ipdb commands from a Jupyter (IPython notebook)

import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace()

we will get a similar error:

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MultipleInstanceError                     Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-1-f2b356251c56> in <module>()
    1 a=4
----> 2 import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace()
    3 b=5
    4 print a
    5 print b

/home/nnn/anaconda/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ipdb/__init__.py in <module>()
    14 # You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
    15 
---> 16 from ipdb.__main__ import set_trace, post_mortem, pm, run, runcall, runeval, launch_ipdb_on_exception
    17 
    18 pm                       # please pyflakes

/home/nnn/anaconda/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ipdb/__main__.py in <module>()
    71         # the instance method will create a new one without loading the config.
    72         # i.e: if we are in an embed instance we do not want to load the config.
---> 73         ipapp = TerminalIPythonApp.instance()
    74         shell = get_ipython()
    75         def_colors = shell.colors

/home/nnn/anaconda/lib/python2.7/site-packages/traitlets/config/configurable.pyc in instance(cls, *args, **kwargs)
    413             raise MultipleInstanceError(
    414                 'Multiple incompatible subclass instances of '
--> 415                 '%s are being created.' % cls.__name__
    416             )
    417

MultipleInstanceError: Multiple incompatible subclass instances of TerminalIPythonApp are being created.

The solution is to use Tracer instead:

from IPython.core.debugger import Tracer
Tracer()()

Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/35613249/using-ipdb-to-debug-python-code-in-one-cell-jupyter-or-ipython

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