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Title: "python -S" should be robust against e.g. "from site import addsitedir"
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.3
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: eric.araujo Nosy List: brett.cannon, carljm, eric.araujo, python-dev
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2011-03-17 19:47 by carljm, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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87df1d37c88e.diff carljm, 2011-03-17 19:47 review
ebe5760afa08.diff carljm, 2011-03-21 17:48 review
test_site-11591.diff eric.araujo, 2011-06-09 15:26 review
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msg131281 - (view) Author: Carl Meyer (carljm) * Date: 2011-03-17 19:46
If python is run with the -S flag, that declares the intent of the user to not have site-specific additions to sys.path.

However, some code in that process may have a legitimate need for a function defined in - for instance, addsitedir. But the act of importing, as a side effect, adds the standard site-specific directories to sys.path.

python -S would be more useful and reliable if it prevented importing site from automatically making the sys.path additions. There is no loss of flexibility here, as user code could still explicitly call site.main() to achieve all of the current side-effects of "import site".

The fix is a one-liner, and is in the linked hg repository.
msg131286 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-17 21:31
Thanks.  Would you mind adding tests in test_site?
msg131294 - (view) Author: Carl Meyer (carljm) * Date: 2011-03-17 22:35
Adding a test is easier said than done. The behavior change here depends on python being run with -S. Currently test_site skips itself if the test suite is run with -S, and if I remove that skip it crashes under -S.

Options as I see it:

1. Declare this one-liner correct by inspection. It doesn't break any existing tests.

2. Add a new test file ( that only runs with -S and tests that importing something from site doesn't trigger sys.path additions. This seems like the most reasonable test, but I'm not sure how useful it is, since I doubt most people ever try running the test suite with -S.

3. Make the fix more complicated such that it uses an intermediary variable which can be mocked (unlike sys.flags.no_site, which is read-only), and then add a test which mocks this variable, temporarily removes "site" from sys.modules, tries importing it again, and checks whether main() is called. This creates a complex test which is highly coupled to the implementation in, but would be run under normal conditions (without -S).

Which option do you prefer?
msg131322 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-18 09:08
Fair argument.  Brett is the author of recent changes in site, let him decide.

Brett: Would you agree to 1)?
msg131536 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-20 20:15
This is what I get for trying to clean up years ago. =)

I'm fine with the change as long as there is a very clear Misc/NEWS message that the semantics on import have changed (and obviously this is not backported).
msg131580 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-21 00:21
I think this requires a note in NEWS but also in Doc/library/site.rst.  Carl, would you like to make a new changeset with that edition in your repo?  (It will also provide a test for the Create Patch button after.)
msg131681 - (view) Author: Carl Meyer (carljm) * Date: 2011-03-21 17:47
Added documentation to Doc/library/site.rst and Misc/NEWS.
msg131706 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-21 23:12
Looks great, thank you.  I think I’ll also add a docstring to main before committing, now that the function is publicly documented.

Did you have to manually click “Create Patch” to make roundup generate it?  Did you try first to click on the button of the existing repo before adding a new repo entry?  (Still learning how to use it, thanks for experimenting along :)

Brett: Thanks for the review.  If you don’t comment negatively on the doc change, I will commit this.

(Side concern: the module does not define __all__, even though only 4 functions and 4 constants are officially documented.  I’d like to define __all__, but the recentish huge thread on public/private APIs scared me.)
msg131709 - (view) Author: Carl Meyer (carljm) * Date: 2011-03-22 00:05
> Did you have to manually click “Create Patch” to make roundup generate it?  

Yes - the first time too.

> Did you try first to click on the button of the existing repo before adding a new repo entry?

That would probably have worked fine. The "Remote hg repo" field was just empty when I made my latest comment, so I filled it in again. Wasn't sure if it would duplicate, or be smart enough to tell they were the same repo, or what. I guess it duplicated :/
msg131748 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-22 13:54
> The "Remote hg repo" field was just empty when I made my latest comment

Looks like this field is always empty: its goal is to add a repo, just like the File field is always empty unless you add a file.  The existing files and repositories are however listed underneath the form, so your screen just probably did not go low enough for you to see that the repo was still listed.
msg131761 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-22 18:33
Doc changes seem fine to me.
msg131848 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-03-23 03:53
New changeset a364719e400a by Éric Araujo in branch 'default':
Do not touch sys.path when site is imported and python was started with -S.
msg131850 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-03-23 04:09
Committed with small wording changes and more docs.  Thank you, and good luck for cpythonv!
msg134568 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-04-27 14:37
New changeset 9a1ca0062950 by Éric Araujo in branch 'default':
Add versionchanged for a364719e400a (#11591)
msg136968 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-05-26 14:51
New changeset 6ee5443773cb by Éric Araujo in branch 'default':
Also add versionchanged directive to the function doc (#11591)
msg137988 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-06-09 15:26
Now that site can be imported without side effects under -S, I think the tests could be updated: they don’t have to be all skipped under -S.  See attached patch.
Date User Action Args
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