11. Debugging Plone on WSGI

When debugging Plone behind a WSGI server, there are a couple of things to remember. The wsgitraining.site package contained in our buildout comes with a debugging view that simply sets a breakpoint:

class DebuggingView(BrowserView):

     def __call__(self):
         self.msg = _(u'A small message')
         import pdb; pdb.set_trace()
         return self.index()

It’s available at http://localhost:8080/Plone/debugging-view.

11.1. Debugging with waitress

Debugging with waitresss doesn’t feel different from what you know from ZServer. Limiting to one worker thread might make debugging easer for you.

pdbpp Products.PdbDebugMode plone.app.debugtoolbar Products.enablesettrace

11.2. Debugging uWSGI

When trying to open the debugging view in uWSGI, you will see an error message in both console and the browser instead of the pdb prompt.

> /home/thomas/devel/plone/wsgitraining_buildout/src/wsgitraining.site/src/wsgitraining/site/views/debugging_view.py(18)__call__()
-> return self.index()
ERROR:Zope.SiteErrorLog:1570455986.90912460.23307293753294422 http://localhost:8080/Plone/debugging-view
Traceback (innermost last):
  Module ZPublisher.WSGIPublisher, line 155, in transaction_pubevents
  Module ZPublisher.WSGIPublisher, line 337, in publish_module
  Module ZPublisher.WSGIPublisher, line 255, in publish
  Module ZPublisher.mapply, line 85, in mapply
  Module ZPublisher.WSGIPublisher, line 61, in call_object
  Module wsgitraining.site.views.debugging_view, line 18, in __call__
  Module wsgitraining.site.views.debugging_view, line 18, in __call__
  Module bdb, line 88, in trace_dispatch
  Module bdb, line 113, in dispatch_line

To make uWSGI stop at the pdb.set_trace() you need to start it with the honour-stdin flag set to true. This flag will prevent uWSGI from redirecting stdin to /dev/null, which is the default behaviour. You can do so by modifying the inline template in the [uwsgiini] part and rerun buildout.

recipe = collective.recipe.template
input = inline:
    http-socket =
    socket =
    chdir  = ${buildout:directory}/bin
    module = wsgi:application
    master = false
    honour-stdin = true
    enable-threads = true
    processes = 1
    threads = 1
output = ${buildout:directory}/etc/uwsgi.ini

After running buildout and starting your instance with bin/uwsgi-instance you will see an interactive console and uWSGI will not serve any requests at first (the browser will hang forever instead of showing a page).

*** Operational MODE: single process ***
Class Products.CMFFormController.ControllerPythonScript.ControllerPythonScript has a security declaration for nonexistent method 'ZPythonScriptHTML_changePrefs'
Class Products.CMFFormController.ControllerValidator.ControllerValidator has a security declaration for nonexistent method 'ZPythonScriptHTML_changePrefs'
/home/thomas/.buildout/eggs/cp37m/pyScss-1.3.5-py3.7-linux-x86_64.egg/scss/selector.py:54: FutureWarning: Possible nested set at position 329
  ''', re.VERBOSE | re.MULTILINE)
WARNING:plone.behavior:Specifying 'for' in behavior 'Tiles' if no 'factory' is given has no effect and is superfluous.

Simply press Ctrl+D to continue the instance startup:

now exiting InteractiveConsole...
WSGI app 0 (mountpoint='') ready in 52 seconds on interpreter 0x55fe3f766d30 pid: 7018 (default app)
*** uWSGI is running in multiple interpreter mode ***
spawned uWSGI worker 1 (and the only) (pid: 7018, cores: 1)

Now if you open the debugging-view again you will see the pdb prompt. All looks fine now, however you will not be able to terminate the instance with Ctrl+C. However you can press Ctrl+Z to send the instance to the background and then kill it with kill %1 (or whatever job number you’re seeing on the console). This behaviour is the reason why we don’t put honour-stdin in the .ini template by default.

11.3. werkzeug debugging

XXX tbd.