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Python debugging with pdb

The typical usage to break into the debugger from a running program is to insert

import pdb; pdb.set_trace()

at the location you want to break into the debugger. You can then step through the code following this statement, and continue running without the debugger using the c command.

The typical usage to inspect a crashed program is:

>>> import pdb
>>> import mymodule
>>> mymodule.test()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
  File "./mymodule.py", line 4, in test
  File "./mymodule.py", line 3, in test2
    print spam
NameError: spam
>>> pdb.pm()
> ./mymodule.py(3)test2()
-> print spam