How to execute ipdb.set_trace() at will while running pytest tests

I’m using pytest for my test suite. While catching bugs in complex inter-components test, I would like to place import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace() in the middle of my code to allow me to debug it.

However, since pytest traps sys.stdin/sys.stdout ipdb fails. How can I use ipdb while testing with pytest.

I’m not interested in jumping to pdb or ipdb after a failure, but to place breaks anywhere in the code and be able to debug it there before the failure occurs.

Answer

The error is raised because pytest captures output by default.

You can run pytest with -s option (turn off capture output). For example:

py.test -s my_test.py

and then in my_test.py:

import ipdb;
ipdb.set_trace()

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