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Title: Lack of type checks in pkgutil.walk_packages and friends
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: CuriousLearner, r.david.murray, sleepycal
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2015-07-28 16:11 by sleepycal, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 1926 merged CuriousLearner, 2017-06-03 07:58
Messages (8)
msg247529 - (view) Author: Cal Leeming (sleepycal) Date: 2015-07-28 16:11
The documentation states that pkgutil.walk_packages() path must be None or a list of paths [1]. After passing in a string, the result was a blank list rather than a type error or automatic conversion to a list.

If this method is documented that it must only accept a list or None, then there should surely be type checks to this effect? This was a bit of a gotcha that left me head scratching for 30 minutes (after not realising it only took a list, not an str, which in itself seems a bit odd)
msg247531 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-07-28 17:01
Well, normally no, we don't use type checks.  On the other hand, having it produce an incorrect result rather than an error of *some* sort is not so good (the problem is that it is ultimately calling map(func, path), and map happily iterates the string applying func to each character in turn), so in this case I think it is worth the explicit check for string.
msg295070 - (view) Author: Sanyam Khurana (CuriousLearner) * (Python triager) Date: 2017-06-03 07:27
Hi r.david.murray,

What error do you think should be raised in this case, when path is an instance of str?

I'll issue a PR once I know what end results are expected.
msg295076 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-06-03 13:49
As I mentioned on the PR I think it should be a ValueError, and that the PR also needs tests.
msg295125 - (view) Author: Sanyam Khurana (CuriousLearner) * (Python triager) Date: 2017-06-04 14:14
I've updated the PR with required changes along with the test. Please have a look and let me know if any changes are needed.
msg295260 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-06-06 13:14
In thinking about merging this, I realize something I should have thought about earlier: we are proposing to raise an error where none was previously raised.  Now, any code that would hit this would be broken, but nonetheless, by our backward compatibility policy we should do this only in 3.7, and we should add a note to the porting section of What's New.  And the PR needs a news entry.
msg295941 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-06-13 17:11
New changeset b9c3da5c89c66dcccf382e8f196746da2a06d4cc by R. David Murray (Sanyam Khurana) in branch 'master':
bpo-24744: Raises error in pkgutil.walk_packages if path is str (#1926)
msg295942 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-06-13 17:12
Thanks, Sanyam.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:19adminsetgithub: 68932
2022-01-06 23:56:53iritkatriellinkissue30337 superseder
2017-06-13 17:12:32r.david.murraysetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
messages: + msg295942

stage: needs patch -> resolved
2017-06-13 17:11:16r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg295941
2017-06-06 13:14:54r.david.murraysettype: behavior
messages: + msg295260
components: + Library (Lib), - Interpreter Core
versions: + Python 3.7, - Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6
2017-06-04 14:14:35CuriousLearnersetmessages: + msg295125
2017-06-03 13:49:33r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg295076
2017-06-03 07:58:25CuriousLearnersetpull_requests: + pull_request2006
2017-06-03 07:27:39CuriousLearnersetnosy: + CuriousLearner
messages: + msg295070
2015-07-28 17:01:11r.david.murraysetversions: + Python 3.5, Python 3.6
nosy: + r.david.murray

messages: + msg247531

stage: needs patch
2015-07-28 16:11:28sleepycalcreate