I would like to be able to report warnings and errors when evaluating a Python code block in an Org file.

When a code block has Python syntax errors, Org helpfully pops them up in a separate buffer called *Org-Babel Error Output*. It would be nice to be able to send my own warnings there too, while retaining the ability to return an array result to Org mode as a table using :results value.

To be clear, here is a dummy example of the kind of thing I thought might work:

#+BEGIN_SRC python 
    import sys
    return [['Table', 'header'], ['table', 'data']]

| Table | header |
| table | data   |

Edited to add: This discussion on the org-mode list suggests that error output is only displayed when the code-block evaluation fails. So it looks like this is possible, but only by aborting the evaluation using exit(1) or similar.

  • Constantine's answer works perfectly for me, if it is also a solution for you please accept the answer, if it isn't update your question, please.
    – atevm
    Feb 25 '18 at 21:51

As described by Eric Schulte on the org-mode mailing list (see the link in the question) we can modify org-babel-eval to achieve this:

(defvar org-babel-eval-verbose t
  "A non-nil value makes `org-babel-eval' display")

(defun org-babel-eval (cmd body)
  "Run CMD on BODY.
If CMD succeeds then return its results, otherwise display
STDERR with `org-babel-eval-error-notify'."
  (let ((err-buff (get-buffer-create " *Org-Babel Error*")) exit-code)
    (with-current-buffer err-buff (erase-buffer))
      (insert body)
      (setq exit-code
             (point-min) (point-max) cmd err-buff))
      (if (or (not (numberp exit-code)) (> exit-code 0)
              (and org-babel-eval-verbose (> (buffer-size err-buff) 0))) ; new condition
            (with-current-buffer err-buff
              (org-babel-eval-error-notify exit-code (buffer-string)))

Now if org-babel-eval-verbose is set to t, output printed to stderr during evaluation of a source code block show up in a separate window just as if source code evaluation failed.


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