Having trouble remote debugging with Django

I'm new to Python but am a long time user of IntelliJ IDEA for Java, so I've been trying to get started using the Python plugin. I am running a Django app in a locally hosted VM, and I'm trying to remote debug it from my MacBook Pro. I have tried both with IDEA and PyCharm and I get the same behavior: my app freezes upon executing the 'setTrace' call and never returns. I have to send it a control-C to kill it.

According to this Stack Overflow answer, it doesn't work to call setTrace from Django until everything is done:


So I added these lines to the bottom of my manage.py file:

    import pydevd
    pydevd.settrace('', port=8005, stdoutToServer=True, stderrToServer=True)
    print "Finished setting debugger"

I find that I have to hit control-C to get PyCharm to enter the debugger, but when I hit play to restart I find that Django has stopped responding to web requests. If I move the lines of code earlier I don't have to hit control-C, but I still find that Django stops responding once I resume.

Can you offer any help in debugging this problem. Is this something that I've misconfigured, or does it represent a problem with the PyCharm plugin?


P.S. Here's a stack trace I get after killing the process. It seems to be stuck in _locaked_settrace, but I don't know why.

Setting up IntelliJ debugging
  C-c C-c^CTraceback (most recent call last):
  File "./manage.py", line 97, in <module>
    startup = importlib.import_module(edx_args.startup)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/importlib/__init__.py", line 37, in import_module
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/cms/startup.py", line 8, in <module>
    settings.INSTALLED_APPS  # pylint: disable=W0104
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/venvs/edxapp/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/utils/functional.py", line 184, in inner
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/venvs/edxapp/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/conf/__init__.py", line 42, in _setup
    self._wrapped = Settings(settings_module)
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/venvs/edxapp/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/conf/__init__.py", line 93, in __init__
    mod = importlib.import_module(self.SETTINGS_MODULE)
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/venvs/edxapp/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/utils/importlib.py", line 35, in import_module
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/cms/envs/devstack.py", line 61, in <module>
    from .private import *  # pylint: disable=F0401
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/cms/envs/private.py", line 6, in <module>
    pydevd.settrace('', port=8005, suspend=False)
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/pycharm-debug.egg/pydevd.py", line 1230, in settrace
  File "/edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/pycharm-debug.egg/pydevd.py", line 1279, in _locked_settrace
  C-c C-c^C

  C-c C-z^Z[3]   Killed   ./manage.py cms runserver –settings=devstack


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