Title: discrepency between tokenize.detect_encoding() and PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename()
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.2, Python 3.3
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
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Assigned To: Nosy List: Arfrever, brett.cannon, eric.snow, loewis, python-dev
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Created on 2012-04-20 05:17 by eric.snow, last changed 2012-04-20 17:35 by eric.snow. This issue is now closed.

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_tokenizer.c eric.snow, 2012-04-20 05:17 extension module wrapping PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename eric.snow, 2012-04-20 05:17 setup script for the extension module
Messages (9)
msg158797 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 05:17

The behavior of tokenize.detect_encoding() and PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename() is unexpectedly different and this has bearing on the current work on imports.

When a file has no encoding indicator (see PEP 263) it falls back to UTF8 (see PEP 3120).  The tokenize module (Lib/ facilitates this through "detect_encoding()".  The CPython internal tokenizer (Python/tokenizer.c) does so through "PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename()".  Both check the first two lines of the file, per PEP 263.

When faced with an unparsable file (per the encoding), tokenize.detect_encoding() will gladly give you the encoding without any fuss.  However, PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename() will raise a SyntaxError in that situation.

The 'badsyntax_pep3120' test (Lib/test/ is one module that demonstrates this discrepency.  I'll use it in the following example.


For tokenize.detect_encoding():

  import tokenize
  enc = tokenize.detect_encoding(open("cpython/Lib/test/").readline)
  print(enc)  # "utf-8" (no SyntaxError)

For PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename():

I've attached the source for a C extension module ('_tokenizer') that wraps PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename().

  import _tokenizer
  enc = _tokenizer.detect_encoding("cpython/Lib/test/")
  print(enc)  # raises SyntaxError


Some relevant, related notes:

The discrepencies extend further too.  The following code returns a UnicodeDecodeError, rather than a SyntaxError:


In 3.1 (C-based import machinery, Python/import.c), the following results in a SyntaxError, during encoding detection.  In the current repo tip (importlib-based import machinery, Lib/importlib/, the following results in a SyntaxError much later, during compilation.

  import test.badsyntax_pep3120

importlib uses tokenize.detect_encoding() and import.c uses PyTokenizer_FindEncodingFilename()...
msg158824 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2012-04-20 12:37
New changeset b07488490001 by Martin v. Löwis in branch '3.2':
Issue #14629: Raise SyntaxError in tokenizer.detect_encoding

New changeset 98a6a57c5876 by Martin v. Löwis in branch 'default':
merge 3.2: issue 14629
msg158825 - (view) Author: Martin v. Löwis (loewis) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 12:39
Thanks for the report. This is now fixed in 3.2 and default.

Notice that your usage tokenize is incorrect: you need to open the file in binary mode.
msg158831 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 15:09
Thanks, Martin!  That did the trick.
msg158839 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 15:24
Apparently the message string contained by the SyntaxError is different between the two.  I noticed due to the hard-coded check in test_find_module_encoding (in Lib/test/  I've brought up the specific issue of that hard-coded message check in issue14633.  However, in case it otherwise matters that the message string be the same between the two, I've brought it up here.
msg158847 - (view) Author: Martin v. Löwis (loewis) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 16:19
IMO, the test is flawed testing for the specific error message. OTOH, the original message is better than the tokenize message in that it mentions the file name. However, tokenize does not have the file name available, so it can't possibly report it.

I have no idea how to resolve this. Contributions are welcome.
msg158849 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2012-04-20 17:00
New changeset a281a6622714 by Brett Cannon in branch 'default':
Issue #14633: Simplify imp.find_modue() test after fixes from issue
msg158855 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2012-04-20 17:24
New changeset 1b57de8a8383 by Brett Cannon in branch 'default':
Issue #14629: Mention the filename in SyntaxError exceptions from
msg158858 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-20 17:35
Looks good.  Thanks for the help, Martin and Brett.
Date User Action Args
2012-04-20 17:35:20eric.snowsetmessages: + msg158858
2012-04-20 17:24:34python-devsetmessages: + msg158855
2012-04-20 17:00:10python-devsetmessages: + msg158849
2012-04-20 16:19:30loewissetmessages: + msg158847
2012-04-20 15:24:33eric.snowsetmessages: + msg158839
2012-04-20 15:09:11eric.snowsetmessages: + msg158831
versions: + Python 3.2
2012-04-20 12:39:37loewissetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
messages: + msg158825
2012-04-20 12:37:25python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg158824
2012-04-20 06:18:25Arfreversetnosy: + Arfrever
2012-04-20 05:17:48eric.snowsetfiles: +
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