Possible to implement jupyter notebook features?

Allen Barker allen.l.barker at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 01:13:09 UTC 2020

On 6/14/19 1:10 PM, Jason Sun wrote:
> With the help of the reticulate package and knitr package, we are able to now embed python and R 
> code in lyx in a reproducible manner. But the problem is that we have to compile the file every time 
> we need to see the execution result of the python/R code.  In jupyter notebook, this is not 
> necessary and we can run the code chunks independently.
> So the question is whether its possible to implement a similar functionality in future lyx versions? 
> Briefly, the feature could be abstracted in the following manner:
> 1. Create a procedure to copy the code in the ERT/code chunks, open a new subprocess, in which runs 
> the python/R REPL and paste the code into a subprocess.
> 2. Run the code.
> 3. Return the result in the a panel/window.
> 4. Closed the subprocess.
> Is something like this possible?

This is a late reply, but I only recently checked this newsgroup
again and came across your posting.

Back in 2012 I put out a project called Lyx Notebook, the purpose of
which is to turn Lyx into a code-evaluating notebook similar to
Mathematica notebooks.  The GitHub page is: https://github.com/abarker/lyxNotebook

Jupyter notebooks weren't really a thing back then.  This program runs
separate interpreters for all the languages it supports, evaluates
code cells/insets in the appropriate interpreter, and then writes the
output into an output cell/inset.  The main Python process communicates
with Lyx via Lyx server pipes.  There is a PDF doc file that shows
some screenshots, etc., located at

The program worked fairly well, though it remains beta-level software.
It mostly still works.  I stopped working on it for a while for a
couple of reasons.  First, the reception I got when I announced it was
essentially crickets.  More importantly, I lacked the proper LFUN to
extract text from a cell and update/edit it.  The mechanism I used was
a slow kludge where a magic-cookie string is inserted into the inset,
the buffer is written to a file, and the program searches the file for
that string to get the text.  Finally, the cookie string is deleted.

I was interested to read in a later, related thread that Lyx 2.4.0 will
likely have a mechanism to edit/extract text from general insets.  That
could make the program work much better.  Just recently I cleaned up the
code some (I hadn't been using Python very long when I wrote the first
version) and converted to a proper setup.py/pip install with entry point

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