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Title: IDLE: Calltip fails if __getattr__ raises exception
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: IDLE Versions: Python 3.3, Python 3.4, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: 20122 Superseder:
Assigned To: terry.reedy Nosy List: python-dev, roger.serwy, serhiy.storchaka, terry.reedy
Priority: normal Keywords: easy, needs review, patch

Created on 2012-12-07 01:46 by roger.serwy, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
calltips_getattr_error.patch roger.serwy, 2012-12-07 01:46 review
Messages (5)
msg177064 - (view) Author: Roger Serwy (roger.serwy) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-12-07 01:46
The calltip fails if __getattr__ raises an exception. Take as an example:

Python 3.4.0a0 (default:0238cc842805+, Dec  6 2012, 19:17:04) 
[GCC 4.7.2] on linux
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license()" for more information.
>>> class Test:
	def __getattr__(self, name):
		raise Exception()

>>> a = Test()
>>> a(

This traceback is sent to stderr:

Exception in Tkinter callback
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/tkinter/", line 1442, in __call__
    return self.func(*args)
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 166, in handler
    r = l[i](event)
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 56, in try_open_calltip_event
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 75, in open_calltip
    argspec = self.fetch_tip(expression)
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 101, in fetch_tip
    (expression,), {})
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 216, in remotecall
    return self.asyncreturn(seq)
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 247, in asyncreturn
    return self.decoderesponse(response)
  File "/home/serwy/Code/python/cpython/Lib/idlelib/", line 267, in decoderesponse
    raise what

The attached patch fixes the issue.
msg177076 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-12-07 10:02
1. rpcclt.remotecall also can raise an exception.

2. I think fetch_tip() should return '' in case of exception as for non-existent arguments or for non-callables. You can add tests for this cases too.

3. "break" is a reserved word. It's not a good name for an attribute.

4. It will be better test for exception an instance of the special class and not break TC.

class Broken:
    def __getattr__(self, name):
        raise Exception('Broken __getattr__')

brocken = Broken()
test('brocken', '')
msg207820 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-01-10 02:08
Get_entity already has try-except to block exceptions propagating from eval failure, so wrapping it is redundant. We only need worry about get_argspec.

I presume the failure is in get_argspec in the remote process:
    if hasattr(ob, '__call__'):
This can be replaced by callable(ob) as it converts exceptions to False. The appropriate return for non-callables is the current default, '', which results in no tip.

There are, however, other attribute accesses that could fail. I am reluctant to wrap get_argspec in its entirety, as that would mask bugs in Idle code as well as in user snippets. So I think each access should be protected. Since users will expect a tip for something that is a callable, I think a message might be appropriate. I checked that getattr(ob, name, default) does not convert exception to default.

Their are rpc calls in several places in Idle code. Unless failure can be triggered here in particular by user error, I do not think we should add specific protection here.
msg208701 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2014-01-21 20:37
New changeset d55d1cbf5f9a by Terry Jan Reedy in branch '2.7':
Issue #16630: Make Idle calltips work even when __getattr__ raises.

New changeset 2fe0b2dcc98c by Terry Jan Reedy in branch '3.3':
Issue #16630: Make Idle calltips work even when __getattr__ raises.
msg208703 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-01-21 20:48
I added test_attribute_exception with two subtests for each of two nasty classes. The resulting failures were fixed in by replacing all ob.__call__ references with one reference inside try_except that saved the method for possible later use.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:57:39adminsetgithub: 60834
2014-01-21 20:48:10terry.reedysetstatus: open -> closed
messages: + msg208703

assignee: serhiy.storchaka -> terry.reedy
resolution: fixed
stage: needs patch -> resolved
2014-01-21 20:37:36python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg208701
2014-01-10 02:08:08terry.reedysetmessages: + msg207820
2014-01-04 16:26:15serhiy.storchakasetdependencies: + Move CallTips tests to idle_tests
versions: + Python 2.7, - Python 3.2
2013-01-02 13:23:51serhiy.storchakasetstage: patch review -> needs patch
2012-12-29 22:03:18serhiy.storchakasetassignee: serhiy.storchaka
2012-12-07 10:02:51serhiy.storchakasetnosy: + serhiy.storchaka
messages: + msg177076
2012-12-07 01:46:15roger.serwycreate