Lightning CLI and config files

Another source of boilerplate code that Lightning can help to reduce is in the implementation of command line tools. Furthermore, it provides a standardized way to configure experiments using a single file that includes settings for Trainer as well as the user extended LightningModule and LightningDataModule classes. The full configuration is automatically saved in the log directory. This has the benefit of greatly simplifying the reproducibility of experiments.

The main requirement for user extended classes to be made configurable is that all relevant init arguments must have type hints. This is not a very demanding requirement since it is good practice to do anyway. As a bonus if the arguments are described in the docstrings, then the help of the command line tool will display them.


LightningCLI is in beta and subject to change.


The implementation of training command line tools is done via the LightningCLI class. The minimal installation of pytorch-lightning does not include this support. To enable it, either install Lightning as pytorch-lightning[extra] or install the package pip install -U jsonargparse[signatures].

The case in which the user’s LightningModule class implements all required *_dataloader methods, a tool can be as simple as:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel)

The help of the tool describing all configurable options and default values can be shown by running python --help. Default options can be changed by providing individual command line arguments. However, it is better practice to create a configuration file and provide this to the tool. A way to do this would be:

# Dump default configuration to have as reference
python fit --print_config > config.yaml
# Modify the config to your liking - you can remove all default arguments
nano config.yaml
# Fit your model using the configuration
python fit --config config.yaml

The instantiation of the LightningCLI class takes care of parsing command line and config file options, instantiating the classes, setting up a callback to save the config in the log directory and finally running the trainer. The resulting object cli can be used for example to get the instance of the model, (cli.model).

After multiple experiments with different configurations, each one will have in its respective log directory a config.yaml file. This file can be used for reference to know in detail all the settings that were used for each particular experiment, and also could be used to trivially reproduce a training, e.g.:

python fit --config lightning_logs/version_7/config.yaml

If a separate LightningDataModule class is required, the trainer tool just needs a small modification as follows:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, MyDataModule)

The start of a possible implementation of MyModel including the recommended argument descriptions in the docstring could be the one below. Note that by using type hints and docstrings there is no need to duplicate this information to define its configurable arguments.

class MyModel(LightningModule):
    def __init__(self, encoder_layers: int = 12, decoder_layers: List[int] = [2, 4]):
        """Example encoder-decoder model

            encoder_layers: Number of layers for the encoder
            decoder_layers: Number of layers for each decoder block

With this model class, the help of the trainer tool would look as follows:

$ python fit --help
usage: [-h] [--config CONFIG] [--print_config [={comments,skip_null}+]] ...

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            Show this help message and exit.
  --config CONFIG       Path to a configuration file in json or yaml format.
  --print_config [={comments,skip_null}+]
                        Print configuration and exit.
  --seed_everything SEED_EVERYTHING
                        Set to an int to run seed_everything with this value before classes instantiation
                        (type: Optional[int], default: null)

Customize every aspect of training via flags:
  --trainer.max_epochs MAX_EPOCHS
                        Stop training once this number of epochs is reached. (type: Optional[int], default: null)
  --trainer.min_epochs MIN_EPOCHS
                        Force training for at least these many epochs (type: Optional[int], default: null)

Example encoder-decoder model:
  --model.encoder_layers ENCODER_LAYERS
                        Number of layers for the encoder (type: int, default: 12)
  --model.decoder_layers DECODER_LAYERS
                        Number of layers for each decoder block (type: List[int], default: [2, 4])

The default configuration that option --print_config gives is in yaml format and for the example above would look as follows:

$ python fit --print_config
  - 2
  - 4
  encoder_layers: 12
  accelerator: null
  accumulate_grad_batches: 1
  amp_backend: native
  amp_level: O2

Note that there is a section for each class (model and trainer) including all the init parameters of the class. This grouping is also used in the formatting of the help shown previously.

Changing subcommands

The CLI supports running any trainer function from command line by changing the subcommand provided:

$ python --help
usage: [-h] [--config CONFIG] [--print_config [={comments,skip_null}+]] {fit,validate,test,predict,tune} ...

pytorch-lightning trainer command line tool

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            Show this help message and exit.
  --config CONFIG       Path to a configuration file in json or yaml format.
  --print_config [={comments,skip_null}+]
                        Print configuration and exit.

  For more details of each subcommand add it as argument followed by --help.

    fit                 Runs the full optimization routine.
    validate            Perform one evaluation epoch over the validation set.
    test                Perform one evaluation epoch over the test set.
    predict             Run inference on your data.
    tune                Runs routines to tune hyperparameters before training.
$ python test --trainer.limit_test_batches=10 [...]

Use of command line arguments

For every CLI implemented, users are encouraged to learn how to run it by reading the documentation printed with the --help option and use the --print_config option to guide the writing of config files. A few more details that might not be clear by only reading the help are the following.

LightningCLI is based on argparse and as such follows the same arguments style as many POSIX command line tools. Long options are prefixed with two dashes and its corresponding values should be provided with an empty space or an equal sign, as --option value or --option=value. Command line options are parsed from left to right, therefore if a setting appears multiple times the value most to the right will override the previous ones. If a class has an init parameter that is required (i.e. no default value), it is given as --option which makes it explicit and more readable instead of relying on positional arguments.

When calling a CLI, all options can be provided using individual arguments. However, given the large amount of options that the CLIs have, it is recommended to use a combination of config files and individual arguments. Therefore, a common pattern could be a single config file and only a few individual arguments that override defaults or values in the config, for example:

$ python fit --config experiment_defaults.yaml --trainer.max_epochs 100

Another common pattern could be having multiple config files:

$ python --config config1.yaml --config config2.yaml test --config config3.yaml [...]

As explained before, config1.yaml is parsed first and then config2.yaml. Therefore, if individual settings are defined in both files, then the ones in config2.yaml will be used. Settings in config1.yaml that are not in config2.yaml are be kept. The same happens for config3.yaml.

The configuration files before the subcommand (test in this case) can contain custom configuration for multiple of them, for example:

$ cat config1.yaml
        limit_train_batches: 100
        max_epochs: 10
        limit_test_batches: 10

whereas the configuration files passed after the subcommand would be:

$ cat config3.yaml
    limit_train_batches: 100
    max_epochs: 10
# the argument passed to `trainer.test(ckpt_path=...)`
ckpt_path: "a/path/to/a/checkpoint"

Groups of options can also be given as independent config files:

$ python fit --trainer trainer.yaml --model model.yaml --data data.yaml [...]

When running experiments in clusters it could be desired to use a config which needs to be accessed from a remote location. LightningCLI comes with fsspec support which allows reading and writing from many types of remote file systems. One example is if you have installed s3fs then a config could be stored in an S3 bucket and accessed as:

$ python --config s3://bucket/config.yaml [...]

In some cases people might what to pass an entire config in an environment variable, which could also be used instead of a path to a file, for example:

$ python fit --trainer "$TRAINER_CONFIG" --model "$MODEL_CONFIG" [...]

An alternative for environment variables could be to instantiate the CLI with env_parse=True. In this case the help shows the names of the environment variables for all options. A global config would be given in PL_CONFIG and there wouldn’t be a need to specify any command line argument.

It is also possible to set a path to a config file of defaults. If the file exists it would be automatically loaded without having to specify any command line argument. Arguments given would override the values in the default config file. Loading a defaults file my_cli_defaults.yaml in the current working directory would be implemented as:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, MyDataModule, parser_kwargs={"default_config_files": ["my_cli_defaults.yaml"]})

or if you want defaults per subcommand:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, MyDataModule, parser_kwargs={"fit": {"default_config_files": ["my_fit_defaults.yaml"]}})

To load a file in the user’s home directory would be just changing to ~/.my_cli_defaults.yaml. Note that this setting is given through parser_kwargs. More parameters are supported. For details see the ArgumentParser API documentation.

Instantiation only mode

The CLI is designed to start fitting with minimal code changes. On class instantiation, the CLI will automatically call the trainer function associated to the subcommand provided so you don’t have to do it. To avoid this, you can set the following argument:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, run=False)  # True by default
# you'll have to call fit yourself:

In this mode, there are subcommands added to the parser. This can be useful to implement custom logic without having to subclass the CLI, but still using the CLI’s instantiation and argument parsing capabilities.

Subclass registration

To use shorthand notation, the options need to be registered beforehand. This can be easily done with:

LightningCLI(auto_registry=True)  # False by default

which will register all subclasses of torch.optim.Optimizer, torch.optim.lr_scheduler._LRScheduler, LightningModule, LightningDataModule, Callback, and LightningLoggerBase across all imported modules. This includes those in your own code.

Alternatively, if this is left unset, only the subclasses defined in PyTorch’s torch.optim.Optimizer, torch.optim.lr_scheduler._LRScheduler and Lightning’s Callback and LightningLoggerBase subclassess will be registered.

In subsequent sections, we will go over adding specific classes to specific registries as well as how to use shorthand notation.

Trainer Callbacks and arguments with class type

A very important argument of the Trainer class is the callbacks. In contrast to other more simple arguments which just require numbers or strings, callbacks expects a list of instances of subclasses of Callback. To specify this kind of argument in a config file, each callback must be given as a dictionary including a class_path entry with an import path of the class, and optionally an init_args entry with arguments required to instantiate it. Therefore, a simple configuration file example that defines a couple of callbacks is the following:

    - class_path: pytorch_lightning.callbacks.EarlyStopping
        patience: 5
    - class_path: pytorch_lightning.callbacks.LearningRateMonitor

Similar to the callbacks, any arguments in Trainer and user extended LightningModule and LightningDataModule classes that have as type hint a class can be configured the same way using class_path and init_args.

For callbacks in particular, Lightning simplifies the command line so that only the Callback name is required. The argument’s order matters and the user needs to pass the arguments in the following way.

$ python ... \
    --trainer.callbacks={CALLBACK_1_NAME} \
    --trainer.callbacks.{CALLBACK_1_ARGS_1}=... \
    --trainer.callbacks.{CALLBACK_1_ARGS_2}=... \
    --trainer.callbacks={CALLBACK_N_NAME} \
    --trainer.callbacks.{CALLBACK_N_ARGS_1}=... \

Here is an example:

$ python ... \
    --trainer.callbacks=EarlyStopping \
    --trainer.callbacks.patience=5 \
    --trainer.callbacks=LearningRateMonitor \

Lightning provides a mechanism for you to add your own callbacks and benefit from the command line simplification as described above:

from pytorch_lightning.utilities.cli import CALLBACK_REGISTRY

class CustomCallback(Callback):

cli = LightningCLI(...)
$  python ... --trainer.callbacks=CustomCallback ...


This shorthand notation is only supported in the shell and not inside a configuration file. The configuration file generated by calling the previous command with --print_config will have the class_path notation.

    - class_path: your_class_path.CustomCallback


--trainer.logger also supports shorthand notation and a LOGGER_REGISTRY is available to register custom Loggers.

Multiple models and/or datasets

In the previous examples LightningCLI works only for a single model and datamodule class. However, there are many cases in which the objective is to easily be able to run many experiments for multiple models and datasets.

The model and datamodule arguments can be left unset if a class has been registered first. This is particularly interesting for library authors who want to provide their users a range of models to choose from:

import flash.image
from pytorch_lightning.utilities.cli import MODEL_REGISTRY, DATAMODULE_REGISTRY

class MyModel(LightningModule):

class MyData(LightningDataModule):

# register all `LightningModule` subclasses from a package
MODEL_REGISTRY.register_classes(flash.image, LightningModule)
# >>> Registered objects: ['MyModel', 'ImageClassifier', 'ObjectDetector', 'StyleTransfer', ...]

cli = LightningCLI()
$ python fit --model=MyModel --model.feat_dim=64 --data=MyData


This shorthand notation is only supported in the shell and not inside a configuration file. The configuration file generated by calling the previous command with --print_config will have the class_path notation described below.

Additionally, the tool can be configured such that a model and/or a datamodule is specified by an import path and init arguments. For example, with a tool implemented as:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModelBaseClass, MyDataModuleBaseClass, subclass_mode_model=True, subclass_mode_data=True)

A possible config file could be as follows:

  class_path: mycode.mymodels.MyModel
    - 2
    - 4
    encoder_layers: 12
  class_path: mycode.mydatamodules.MyDataModule
    - class_path: pytorch_lightning.callbacks.EarlyStopping
        patience: 5

Only model classes that are a subclass of MyModelBaseClass would be allowed, and similarly only subclasses of MyDataModuleBaseClass. If as base classes LightningModule and LightningDataModule are given, then the tool would allow any lightning module and data module.


Note that with the subclass modes the --help option does not show information for a specific subclass. To get help for a subclass the options and can be used, followed by the desired class path. Similarly --print_config does not include the settings for a particular subclass. To include them the class path should be given before the --print_config option. Examples for both help and print config are:

$ python fit mycode.mymodels.MyModel
$ python fit --model mycode.mymodels.MyModel --print_config

Models with multiple submodules

Many use cases require to have several modules each with its own configurable options. One possible way to handle this with LightningCLI is to implement a single module having as init parameters each of the submodules. Since the init parameters have as type a class, then in the configuration these would be specified with class_path and init_args entries. For instance a model could be implemented as:

class MyMainModel(LightningModule):
    def __init__(self, encoder: EncoderBaseClass, decoder: DecoderBaseClass):
        """Example encoder-decoder submodules model

            encoder: Instance of a module for encoding
            decoder: Instance of a module for decoding
        self.encoder = encoder
        self.decoder = decoder

If the CLI is implemented as LightningCLI(MyMainModel) the configuration would be as follows:

    class_path: mycode.myencoders.MyEncoder
    class_path: mycode.mydecoders.MyDecoder

It is also possible to combine subclass_mode_model=True and submodules, thereby having two levels of class_path.

Customizing LightningCLI

The init parameters of the LightningCLI class can be used to customize some things, namely: the description of the tool, enabling parsing of environment variables and additional arguments to instantiate the trainer and configuration parser.

Nevertheless the init arguments are not enough for many use cases. For this reason the class is designed so that can be extended to customize different parts of the command line tool. The argument parser class used by LightningCLI is LightningArgumentParser which is an extension of python’s argparse, thus adding arguments can be done using the add_argument() method. In contrast to argparse it has additional methods to add arguments, for example add_class_arguments() adds all arguments from the init of a class, though requiring parameters to have type hints. For more details about this please refer to the respective documentation.

The LightningCLI class has the add_arguments_to_parser() method which can be implemented to include more arguments. After parsing, the configuration is stored in the config attribute of the class instance. The LightningCLI class also has two methods that can be used to run code before and after the trainer runs: before_<subcommand> and after_<subcommand>. A realistic example for these would be to send an email before and after the execution. The code for the fit subcommand would be something like:

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.add_argument("--notification_email", default="")

    def before_fit(self):
        send_email(address=self.config["notification_email"], message=" starting")

    def after_fit(self):
        send_email(address=self.config["notification_email"], message=" finished")

cli = MyLightningCLI(MyModel)

Note that the config object self.config is a dictionary whose keys are global options or groups of options. It has the same structure as the yaml format described previously. This means for instance that the parameters used for instantiating the trainer class can be found in self.config['fit']['trainer'].


Have a look at the LightningCLI class API reference to learn about other methods that can be extended to customize a CLI.

Configurable callbacks

As explained previously, any Lightning callback can be added by passing it through command line or including it in the config via class_path and init_args entries. However, there are other cases in which a callback should always be present and be configurable. This can be implemented as follows:

from pytorch_lightning.callbacks import EarlyStopping

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.add_lightning_class_args(EarlyStopping, "my_early_stopping")
        parser.set_defaults({"my_early_stopping.monitor": "val_loss", "my_early_stopping.patience": 5})

cli = MyLightningCLI(MyModel)

To change the configuration of the EarlyStopping in the config it would be:

  patience: 5


The example above overrides a default in add_arguments_to_parser. This is included to show that defaults can be changed if needed. However, note that overriding of defaults in the source code is not intended to be used to store the best hyperparameters for a task after experimentation. To ease reproducibility the source code should be stable. It is better practice to store the best hyperparameters for a task in a configuration file independent from the source code.

Class type defaults

The support for classes as type hints allows to try many possibilities with the same CLI. This is a useful feature, but it can make it tempting to use an instance of a class as a default. For example:

class MyMainModel(LightningModule):
    def __init__(
        backbone: torch.nn.Module = MyModel(encoder_layers=24),  # BAD PRACTICE!
        self.backbone = backbone

Normally classes are mutable as it is in this case. The instance of MyModel would be created the moment that the module that defines MyMainModel is first imported. This means that the default of backbone will be initialized before the CLI class runs seed_everything making it non-reproducible. Furthermore, if MyMainModel is used more than once in the same Python process and the backbone parameter is not overridden, the same instance would be used in multiple places which very likely is not what the developer intended. Having an instance as default also makes it impossible to generate the complete config file since for arbitrary classes it is not known which arguments were used to instantiate it.

A good solution to these problems is to not have a default or set the default to a special value (e.g. a string) which would be checked in the init and instantiated accordingly. If a class parameter has no default and the CLI is subclassed then a default can be set as follows:

default_backbone = {
    "class_path": "import.path.of.MyModel",
    "init_args": {
        "encoder_layers": 24,

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.set_defaults({"model.backbone": default_backbone})

A more compact version that avoids writing a dictionary would be:

from jsonargparse import lazy_instance

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.set_defaults({"model.backbone": lazy_instance(MyModel, encoder_layers=24)})

Argument linking

Another case in which it might be desired to extend LightningCLI is that the model and data module depend on a common parameter. For example in some cases both classes require to know the batch_size. It is a burden and error prone giving the same value twice in a config file. To avoid this the parser can be configured so that a value is only given once and then propagated accordingly. With a tool implemented like shown below, the batch_size only has to be provided in the data section of the config.

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.link_arguments("data.batch_size", "model.batch_size")

cli = MyLightningCLI(MyModel, MyDataModule)

The linking of arguments is observed in the help of the tool, which for this example would look like:

$ python fit --help
    --data.batch_size BATCH_SIZE
                          Number of samples in a batch (type: int, default: 8)

  Linked arguments:
    model.batch_size <-- data.batch_size
                          Number of samples in a batch (type: int)

Sometimes a parameter value is only available after class instantiation. An example could be that your model requires the number of classes to instantiate its fully connected layer (for a classification task) but the value is not available until the data module has been instantiated. The code below illustrates how to address this.

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
        parser.link_arguments("data.num_classes", "model.num_classes", apply_on="instantiate")

cli = MyLightningCLI(MyClassModel, MyDataModule)

Instantiation links are used to automatically determine the order of instantiation, in this case data first.


The linking of arguments can be used for more complex cases. For example to derive a value via a function that takes multiple settings as input. For more details have a look at the API of link_arguments.

Variable Interpolation

The linking of arguments is intended for things that are meant to be non-configurable. This improves the CLI user experience since it avoids the need for providing more parameters. A related concept is variable interpolation which in contrast keeps things being configurable.

The YAML standard defines anchors and aliases which is a way to reuse the content in multiple places of the YAML. This is supported in the LightningCLI though it has limitations. Support for OmegaConf’s more powerful variable interpolation will be available out of the box if this package is installed. To install it run pip install omegaconf. Then to enable the use of OmegaConf in a LightningCLI, when instantiating a parameter needs to be given for the parser as follows:

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, parser_kwargs={"parser_mode": "omegaconf"})

With the encoder-decoder example model above a possible YAML that uses variable interpolation could be the following:

  encoder_layers: 12
  - ${model.encoder_layers}
  - 4

Optimizers and learning rate schedulers

Optimizers and learning rate schedulers can also be made configurable. The most common case is when a model only has a single optimizer and optionally a single learning rate scheduler. In this case, the model’s configure_optimizers() could be left unimplemented since it is normally always the same and just adds boilerplate.

The CLI works out-of-the-box with PyTorch’s built-in optimizers and learning rate schedulers when at most one of each is used. Only the optimizer or scheduler name needs to be passed, optionally with its __init__ arguments:

$ python fit --optimizer=Adam --lr_scheduler=ExponentialLR --lr_scheduler.gamma=0.1

A corresponding example of the config file would be:

  class_path: torch.optim.Adam
    lr: 0.01
  class_path: torch.optim.lr_scheduler.ExponentialLR
    gamma: 0.1


This shorthand notation is only supported in the shell and not inside a configuration file. The configuration file generated by calling the previous command with --print_config will have the class_path notation.

Furthermore, you can register your own optimizers and/or learning rate schedulers as follows:

from pytorch_lightning.utilities.cli import OPTIMIZER_REGISTRY, LR_SCHEDULER_REGISTRY

class CustomAdam(torch.optim.Adam):

class CustomCosineAnnealingLR(torch.optim.lr_scheduler.CosineAnnealingLR):

# register all `Optimizer` subclasses from the `torch.optim` package
# This is done automatically!
OPTIMIZER_REGISTRY.register_classes(torch.optim, Optimizer)

cli = LightningCLI(...)
$ python fit --optimizer=CustomAdam --lr_scheduler=CustomCosineAnnealingLR

The torch.optim.lr_scheduler.ReduceLROnPlateau scheduler requires an additional monitor argument:

$ python fit --optimizer=Adam --lr_scheduler=ReduceLROnPlateau --lr_scheduler.monitor=metric_to_track

If you need to customize the learning rate scheduler configuration, you can do so by overriding configure_optimizers():

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def configure_optimizers(lightning_module, optimizer, lr_scheduler=None):
        return ...

If you will not be changing the class, you can manually add the arguments for specific optimizers and/or learning rate schedulers by subclassing the CLI. This has the advantage of providing the proper help message for those classes. The following code snippet shows how to implement it:

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):

With this, in the config the optimizer and lr_scheduler groups would accept all of the options for the given classes, in this example Adam and ExponentialLR. Therefore, the config file would be structured like:

  lr: 0.01
  gamma: 0.2

Where the arguments can be passed directly through command line without specifying the class. For example:

$ python fit --lr_scheduler.gamma=0.2

The automatic implementation of configure_optimizers can be disabled by linking the configuration group. An example can be when one wants to add support for multiple optimizers:

from pytorch_lightning.utilities.cli import instantiate_class

class MyModel(LightningModule):
    def __init__(self, optimizer1_init: dict, optimizer2_init: dict):
        self.optimizer1_init = optimizer1_init
        self.optimizer2_init = optimizer2_init

    def configure_optimizers(self):
        optimizer1 = instantiate_class(self.parameters(), self.optimizer1_init)
        optimizer2 = instantiate_class(self.parameters(), self.optimizer2_init)
        return [optimizer1, optimizer2]

class MyLightningCLI(LightningCLI):
    def add_arguments_to_parser(self, parser):
            OPTIMIZER_REGISTRY.classes, nested_key="gen_optimizer", link_to="model.optimizer1_init"
            OPTIMIZER_REGISTRY.classes, nested_key="gen_discriminator", link_to="model.optimizer2_init"

cli = MyLightningCLI(MyModel)

The value given to optimizer*_init will always be a dictionary including class_path and init_args entries. The function instantiate_class() takes care of importing the class defined in class_path and instantiating it using some positional arguments, in this case self.parameters(), and the init_args. Any number of optimizers and learning rate schedulers can be added when using link_to.

With shorthand notation:

$ python fit \
    --gen_optimizer=Adam \ \
    --gen_discriminator=AdamW \

You can also pass the class path directly, for example, if the optimizer hasn’t been registered to the OPTIMIZER_REGISTRY:

$ python fit \
    --gen_optimizer.class_path=torch.optim.Adam \ \
    --gen_discriminator.class_path=torch.optim.AdamW \


The standard behavior for CLIs, when they fail, is to terminate the process with a non-zero exit code and a short message to hint the user about the cause. This is problematic while developing the CLI since there is no information to track down the root of the problem. A simple change in the instantiation of the LightningCLI can be used such that when there is a failure an exception is raised and the full stack trace printed.

cli = LightningCLI(MyModel, parser_kwargs={"error_handler": None})


When asking about problems and reporting issues please set the error_handler to None and include the stack trace in your description. With this, it is more likely for people to help out identifying the cause without needing to create a reproducible script.

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