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Prototype of an extension to provide acess to virtual python environment on an IPython notebook cell

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import sys
import os
import shlex
from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
from IPython.utils.py3compat import unicode_to_str
def workon(line, cell):
if not os.path.exists(os.environ['WORKON_HOME']+line):
print >> sys.stderr, "Environment {} does no exist.".format(line)
env_activate_cmd = 'bash -c source '+os.environ['WORKON_HOME'] + '/{}/bin/activate'.format(line)
cmd = shlex.split(env_activate_cmd) + ["&&","python","-"]
p = Popen(cmd, stdout=PIPE, stderr=PIPE, stdin=PIPE, shell=True)
out,err = p.communicate(cell)
if err:
print >> sys.stderr, err
print out
if 'WORKON_HOME' in os.environ:
get_ipython().register_magic_function(workon, 'cell')
From now, you can do:
%%workon pre_existing_env
# Now the following python code will be executed under pre_existing_env
import sys
print sys.version

@minrk : Would this be a start of a virtualenv cell?

it requires virtualenv to be installed and the env to exist prior to using this

Rather than calling get_ipython() or InteractiveShell(), an IPython extension should offer a load_ipython_extension(ip) method, which will be called with the shell object when it's loaded. Docs:

(The rationale for this is that we have a long term goal to allow more than one InteractiveShell object in the same process - so we're trying not to treat it like a singleton)


I'll study other extensions and modify my code to conform.
thanks @takluyver


Thanks @turicas for the tip on how to make the bash command work...

@fccoelho, PEP8, please! :-)

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