[ANN]PyCrash-0.4pre2 released

Discussion in 'Python' started by Carmine Noviello, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Hi,
    a new version of PyCrash is released with new features and improvement.You
    can download it at:


    What's new in this release:

    * Added a new method to PyCrash class, forceDump(), that forces the creation
    of the crash dump, if an exception is raised. forceDump() can be very useful
    when an exception hasn't reached the top-level, but the user wants the
    same to make a dump of the application context.

    * Starting from this release, by default, PyCrash doesn't start exception
    tracing automatically. User must invoke the enable() method to start
    tracing, and can use the disable() method to stop tracing in every moment.

    * Now the getEncryptedCrashDump() method of utils.Encrypt.EncryptedPyCrash
    class is deprecated, and it will be no longer supported starting from
    PyCrash-0.4 release.Use instead the getCrashDump() method.

    * Added a new class HTMLPyCrash, in the pycrash.util module, which converts
    the crash dump in HTML format rather than XML. The generated HTML dump is
    based on CSS, so the developer can define custom CSS to arrange the output.
    There is also a new script in the util subdir, named pucrash2html.py, which
    converts PyCrash file in HTML format. You can see an example of the output
    generated by the HTML dumper here:


    We are very pleased to receive suggests to imporve the HTML output.


    About PyCrash Project:
    PyCrash is a Run-Time Exception Dumper which handles uncaught exceptions
    during the execution of Python programs and collects information about
    the program context. PyCrash can be very useful in report bug information,
    because the programmer can easily analyse the program execution context
    of the crashed application.

    Major information collected by PyCrash in the crash dump is:

    - Information about operating system, Python and Python Standard
    Library version and general information about the program that is
    crashed (e.g., program name and version, time at witch program
    started and ended, and so on)

    - Information about the uncaught exceptions, like the exception type,
    the context (namely method name) in which the exception occurred and
    the exception value

    - General information about variables state

    - Information about the stack of each thread, like the list of stack
    frames, the variables value in each stack frame, and so on

    - General information about source code, like variable and function
    position in source file that can be useful for the programmer to find
    quickly bugs in source tree

    The format of the crash dump file generated by PyCrash is XML, so the
    programmer can easily read this file to understand why the program is

    Now, is also available a GUI browser, named PyCrash Viewer, which allows
    developers to analyze quickly and easily PyCrash crash dump files in a
    graphical manner.

    * Starting from next version, we'll try to document all the PyCrash API

    More information can be found at:



    <P><A HREF="http://www.pycrash.org";>PyCrash 0.4pre2</A> - a crash
    handler for Python written applications. (25-04-04)</P>
    Carmine Noviello, Apr 26, 2004
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