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Title: language reference should specify restrictions on class namespace
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Documentation Versions: Python 3.9, Python 3.8, Python 3.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: docs@python Nosy List: Ananthakrishnan, daniel.urban, docs@python, donovick, eric.snow, miss-islington, ncoghlan, ned.deily
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2013-03-14 20:33 by eric.snow, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
issue17422.stoneleaf.01.patch ethan.furman, 2015-01-15 05:20 review
Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 18559 merged Ananthakrishnan, 2020-02-19 11:11
PR 18610 merged miss-islington, 2020-02-22 17:59
PR 18611 merged miss-islington, 2020-02-22 18:00
PR 18682 merged donovick, 2020-02-28 01:41
PR 18812 merged miss-islington, 2020-03-06 18:21
PR 18813 merged miss-islington, 2020-03-06 18:21
Messages (13)
msg184188 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-03-14 20:33
(related to PEP 422 and issue #17044)

The execution namespace from a class definition is passed as the third argument to the metaclass (see builtin___build_class__() in Python/bltinmodule.c).  When applicable, which is almost always, the subsequent call to type.__new__() copies that namespace into a new dict which is in turn exposed via the class's __dict__.

This matters in the case where a metaclass with __prepare__() gets used (or the PEP 422 equivalent).  The language reference[1] should note that the object returned by __prepare__() is copied into a new dict when the class is finally created via the metaclass.

msg362272 - (view) Author: Ananthakrishnan (Ananthakrishnan) * Date: 2020-02-19 13:59
I just addded a PR for this issue.
msg362470 - (view) Author: Guido van Rossum (gvanrossum) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-02-22 17:56
New changeset fbe2e0bb8a7ee75d0f9d57682436dac7d69e202e by ananthan-123 in branch 'master':
bpo-17422: Language reference should specify restrictions on class namespace (#18559)
msg362479 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-02-22 21:16
New changeset 91ba44623e5cb8f4a7b0d3fc1fab8ff8d8a849c2 by Miss Islington (bot) in branch '3.8':
bpo-17422: Language reference should specify restrictions on class namespace (GH-18559)
msg362480 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-02-22 21:16
New changeset 36a120d343c1cb69b8d02913569c153e8bb969c8 by Miss Islington (bot) in branch '3.7':
bpo-17422: Language reference should specify restrictions on class namespace (GH-18559)
msg362853 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-02-28 00:54
Thanks for working on this.  Sorry I didn't get a chance to see your PR sooner.  There was one small thing that needs to be changed back, as I implied in my comment on the PR [1].  Please undo the change in the text from "ordered mapping" to "dict".

The original "is initialised as an empty ordered mapping" text line should be restored.  "dict" is currently still not correct (the language spec does not dictate that dict be ordered).  However, PEP 520 specifies that it must be ordered.


msg362854 - (view) Author: Guido van Rossum (gvanrossum) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-02-28 00:58
As I mentioned in my response on the PR, dict *is* required to be ordered since 3.7. So I think it is okay as is.
msg362856 - (view) Author: Caleb Donovick (donovick) * Date: 2020-02-28 01:08
While It is perfectly fine behavior for CPython to use a dict, as dict is an ordered mapping.  I think Eric is right that the data model should not specify that a dict is necessarily used in the absence of __prepare__.
msg363530 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-03-06 18:20
New changeset e59334ebc9308b0f3ad048ef293c6b49e6456d1a by Caleb Donovick in branch 'master':
bpo-17422: slightly more precise language (GH-18682)
msg363531 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-03-06 18:25
New changeset f1b79645cf18b2c212cd26d547cd1762fd534d4b by Miss Islington (bot) in branch '3.7':
bpo-17422: slightly more precise language (GH-18682)
msg363532 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-03-06 18:26
New changeset 6df0c47669031c6a8e9b1a07ec2c5813e4c10ee0 by Miss Islington (bot) in branch '3.8':
bpo-17422: slightly more precise language (GH-18682)
msg363534 - (view) Author: Eric Snow (eric.snow) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-03-06 18:38
Thanks for fixing that, Caleb!

FWIW, I've opened a separate issue (#39879) for adding a note in the language reference about dict ordering.  Sorry for the confusion.
msg363807 - (view) Author: Ned Deily (ned.deily) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-03-10 07:48
New changeset 22448149a05b5bc3e3a2ffdc0682bcd01995ce2a by Ned Deily (Miss Islington (bot)) in branch '3.7':
bpo-17422: slightly more precise language (GH-18682)
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