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Title: Inconsistency in startswith/endswith
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.6, Python 3.5
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: serhiy.storchaka Nosy List: martin.panter, python-dev, r.david.murray, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2015-05-25 11:41 by serhiy.storchaka, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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Messages (8)
msg244027 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-25 11:41
The behavior of startswith in corner case is inconsistent between str and bytes in Python 3, str and unicode in Python 2, and between str in Python 2 and Python 3.

Python 3:
>>> ''.startswith('', 1, 0)
>>> b''.startswith(b'', 1, 0)

Python 2:
>>> ''.startswith('', 1, 0)
>>> u''.startswith(u'', 1, 0)

If define s1.startswith(s2, start, end) for non-negative indices and non-tuple s2 as an equivalent to the expression `start + len(s2) <= end and s2[start: start + len(s2)] == s2` or to `s1.find(s2, start, end) == start`, "".startswith("", 1, 0) should be False.

The same issue exists for endswith. See issue24243 for more detailed discussion.

Proposed patch fixes str.startswith and str.endswith.
msg244036 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-25 14:02
I think this can only be applied in a feature release (and I think it should be, because of the backward-compatibility-with-python2 issue).  However, since this is potentially controversial, we need some more opinions.
msg244068 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-26 00:19
I can’t imagine much code would rely on either old or new behaviour. If you only put it into a feature release, would you have to document it as a change in behaviour?
msg244106 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-26 14:43
Just in the what's new porting section, I think.  The fact that there "should" be very little to no code that relies on this is why I'd like to see it fixed.  The fact that the report was a theoretical one, and not one that broke code, is why I think we should fix it only in 3.5.
msg244124 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-26 18:56
Could you please help me with wording?
msg244139 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-26 22:14
How about this for What’s New:

* The :meth:`str.startswith` and :meth:`str.endswith` methods no longer return ``True`` when finding the empty string and the indexes are completely out of range. See :issue:`24284`.

Perhaps that is good enough, but if you wanted to be more precise, I think the actual condition is if the *start* index is beyond the end of the string, or *end* is before *start*.
msg244520 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-05-31 06:09
Thank you Martin.
msg244521 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-05-31 06:17
New changeset a82498f424fe by Serhiy Storchaka in branch '3.5':
Issue #24284: The startswith and endswith methods of the str class no longer

New changeset 04162e06323f by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'default':
Issue #24284: The startswith and endswith methods of the str class no longer
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:17adminsetgithub: 68472
2015-05-31 06:17:31serhiy.storchakasetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
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2015-05-31 06:09:05serhiy.storchakasetassignee: serhiy.storchaka
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2015-05-26 22:14:53martin.pantersetmessages: + msg244139
2015-05-26 18:56:46serhiy.storchakasetmessages: + msg244124
2015-05-26 14:43:20r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg244106
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2015-05-25 22:01:43rhettingersetnosy: + rhettinger
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versions: - Python 2.7, Python 3.4, Python 3.6
2015-05-25 11:41:27serhiy.storchakacreate