bpython is pretty cool. It gives you an improved python shell, with popups of completeable values. About the only drawback is that some command-line editing doesn’t work that well, but I can live with that.

I made a django app that provides a new management command: bshell. This will start a new shell, using bpython, and import all of your models.

You can get it with:

pip install django-bshell

And then install it into your django settings.INSTALLED apps. The app itself is called ‘bshell’. Then you can just use: bshell

The code can be found on bitbucket.

Issues with PyPI/other sites

I was having some issues connecting to (although not pinging) and some of the python-subdomains: notably the CheeseShop (

I disabled IPv6, and they all cleared up.

I don’t know if this was an issue with Internode’s IPv6 stuff, but it was being handled by my Airport Extreme. My iPhone was working fine, because it doesn’t use IPv6.

What a relief.

I had tried everything I could think of: from changing my DNS server, DHCP server, I even tried a reinstall of my OS (although this wasn’t why I did that - I wanted a cleanup of my dev machine).