[ANN] IPython 0.6.14.

Discussion in 'Python' started by Fernando Perez, May 31, 2005.

  1. Hi all,

    I've just made the 0.6.14 release of IPython, mostly to fix the
    inevitable bugs reported after the .13 one (though one big improvement
    sneaked by).

    IPython's homepage is at:


    and downloads are at:


    I've provided RPMs (for Python 2.3 and 2.4, built under Fedora Core 3),
    plus source downloads (.tar.gz). Fedora users should note that IPython
    is now officially part of the Extras repository, so they can get the
    update from there as well (though it may lag by a few days).

    There is also a native win32 installer which should work correctly for
    both Python 2.3 and 2.4.

    Debian, Fink and BSD packages for this version should be coming soon, as
    the respective maintainers (many thanks to Jack Moffit, Andrea Riciputi
    and Dryice Liu) have the time to follow their packaging procedures.

    Many thanks to Enthought for their continued hosting support for
    IPython, and to all the users who contributed ideas, fixes and reports.

    I'd like to add a special thanks to Denis Rivière, Yann Cointepas and
    Benjamin Thyreau for their hard work on the Qt improvements, and for
    their overall hospitality. Python really seems to have a remarkably
    friendly community, worldwide!

    WHAT is IPython?

    1. An interactive shell superior to Python's default. IPython has many
    features for object introspection, system shell access, and its own
    special command system for adding functionality when working interactively.

    2. An embeddable, ready to use interpreter for your own programs.
    IPython can be started with a single call from inside another program,
    providing access to the current namespace.

    3. A flexible framework which can be used as the base environment for
    other systems with Python as the underlying language.

    Release notes

    As always, the NEWS file can be found at http://ipython.scipy.org/NEWS,
    and the full ChangeLog at http://ipython.scipy.org/ChangeLog. The
    highlights of this release follow.

    This is mainly a bugfix release, to clean up the problems reported in
    0.6.13. As I said at the time, I intend to start new development now
    (more details on that in a separate email). As always, however, a few
    new goodies managed to sneak by.

    * A new -qthread option to support controlling Qt apps from within
    ipython, similar to what -gthread and -wthread do for GTK/WX. This was
    contributed by Denis Rivière <nudz-AT-free.fr>, Yann Cointepas
    <yann-AT-sapetnioc.org> and Benjamin Thyreau <Benji2-AT-decideur.info>.
    Many thanks to them! The lack of Qt support was a glaring omission of
    ipython's gui features, so I'm extremely happy to have their contribution.

    For those of you who may be matplotlib users as well, I should note
    that as of mpl 0.81 (the next release, or use current CVS), the -pylab
    option will also support interactive matplotlib use with the Qt backend.
    This is also thanks to work done by Denis, Yann and Benjamin against
    the matplotlib Qt backend, in conjunction with the IPython improvements.

    * New -e option to %run to suppress tracebacks from sys.exit() calls.
    This can be very useful to silence all the noise generated when running
    unittests from within ipython.

    * New ';' escape to autoquote a line without splitting:

    In [6]: ,foo a b c
    ------> foo("a", "b", "c")

    In [7]: ;foo a b c
    ------> foo("a b c")

    In the process, I fixed ',' quoting, which I'd broken in .13.

    * Fix -wthread to work with WXPython 2.6 (this also impacts matplotlib
    users who run the WX backend).

    * Added new matcher (it goes at the end of the priority list) to do
    tab-completion on named function arguments. Submitted by George Sakkis
    <gsakkis-AT-eden.rutgers.edu>. See the thread at


    for more details.

    * Various other fixes for obscure bugs, but all of which caused reported
    IPython crashes. Details in Changelog.

    Enjoy, and as usual please report any problems.


    Fernando Perez, May 31, 2005
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