Debugging a pyQT4 app?


I have a fairly simple app built with pyqt4. I wanted to debug one of the functions connected to one of the buttons in my app. However, when I do the following

python -m pdb app.pyw
> break app.pyw:55  # This is where the signal handling function starts.

things don't quite work like I'd hope. Instead of breaking in the function where I've set the breakpoint and letting me step through it, the debugger enters an infinite loop printing out QCoreApplication::exec: The event loop is already running and I am unable to input anything. Is there a better way to do this?

11/15/2009 9:08:42 AM

Accepted Answer

You need to call QtCore.pyqtRemoveInputHook. I wrap it in my own version of set_trace:

def debug_trace():
  '''Set a tracepoint in the Python debugger that works with Qt'''
  from PyQt4.QtCore import pyqtRemoveInputHook

  # Or for Qt5
  #from PyQt5.QtCore import pyqtRemoveInputHook

  from pdb import set_trace

And when you are done debugging, you can call QtCore.pyqtRestoreInputHook(), probably best when you are still in pdb, and then after you hit enter, and the console spam is happening, keep hitting 'c' (for continue) until the app resumes properly. (I had to hit 'c' several times for some reason, it kept going back into pdb, but after hitting it a few times it resumed normally)

For further info Google "pyqtRemoveInputHook pdb". (Really obvious isn't it? ;P)

6/7/2015 10:01:51 PM

I had to use a "next" command at the trace point to get outside of that function first. For that I made a modification of the code from mgrandi:

def pyqt_set_trace():
    '''Set a tracepoint in the Python debugger that works with Qt'''
    from PyQt4.QtCore import pyqtRemoveInputHook
    import pdb
    import sys
    # set up the debugger
    debugger = pdb.Pdb()
    # custom next to get outside of function scope
    debugger.do_next(None) # run the next command
    users_frame = sys._getframe().f_back # frame where the user invoked `pyqt_set_trace()`
    debugger.interaction(users_frame, None)

This worked for me. I found the solution from here : Python (pdb) - Queueing up commands to execute

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