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Title: compileall functions do not document or test return values
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Documentation Versions: Python 3.6
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: brett.cannon Nosy List: brett.cannon, docs@python, nchammas, python-dev
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2015-11-29 22:44 by nchammas, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
compileall-doc.patch nchammas, 2015-12-01 17:51 review
compileall.patch nchammas, 2015-12-09 21:17 review
compileall.patch nchammas, 2015-12-19 22:35 review
Messages (19)
msg255600 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-11-29 22:44
I'm using the public functions of Python's built-in compileall module.

There doesn't appear to be documentation of what each of these functions returns.

I figured out, for example, that compileall.compile_file() returns 1 when the file compiles successfully, and 0 if not.

If this is "official" behavior, it would be good to see it documented so that we can rely on it.

I'd be happy to submit a patch to fix this if a committer is willing to shepherd a new contributor (me) through the process. Otherwise, this is probably a quick fix for experienced contributors.
msg255653 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-01 15:36
At this point the return values are probably as official as they are going to be since these are such old functions.

If you want to write a patch, Nicholas, please see for instructions on how to do that.
msg255658 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 16:27
Exciting! I'm on it.
msg255665 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 17:51
OK, here's a patch.

I reviewed the doc style guide [0] but I'm not 100% sure if I'm using the appropriate tense. There are also a couple of lines that go a bit over 80 characters, but the file already had a few of those.

Am happy to make any adjustments, if necessary.

msg255666 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 17:55
And I just signed the contributor agreement. (Some banner showed up when I attached the patch to this issue asking me to do so.)
msg255670 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-01 18:33
Thanks, Nicholas! I'll have a look when I have a chance (hopefully no later than Friday).
msg255675 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 19:33
:thumbsup: Take your time.
msg255677 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 19:40
Oh derp. It appears this is dup of issue24386. Apologies.
msg255678 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-01 19:41
Whoops, wrong issue. Reopening.
msg255897 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-04 23:23
I just realized there are no tests for this in test_compileall either. Nicholas, do you have any interest in attempting to add tests for the return values before we document them?
msg255984 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-05 22:02
Absolutely. I'll add a "bad source file" to `setUp()` [0] and check return values as part of the existing checks in `test_compile_files()` [1].

Does that sound like a good plan to you?

Also, I noticed that `compile_path()` has no tests. Should I test it as part of `test_compile_files()` or as part of a different test function?

msg256076 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-07 21:58
Your solution to the problem SGTM. And testing compile_path() can be separate method.
msg256162 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-09 21:17
I've added the tests as we discussed. A couple of comments:

* I found it difficult to reuse the existing setUp() code so had to essentially repeat a bunch of very similar code to create "bad" files. Let me know if you think there is a better way to do this.
* I'm having trouble with the test for compile_path(). Specifically, it doesn't seem to actually use the value for skip_curdir. Do you understand why?
msg256248 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-12 01:59
Do the tests take much longer with all of the added stuff in setUp()/tearDown()? It's just that all of it has to run for all tests. You could make a mixin or put all of it in a method that you selectively call and which registers the proper cleanup method.

As for skip_curdir, if you look at you will notice it requires the current directory to be on sys.path and I don't see you make any such change to sys.path (and if you do you can use test_importlib.util.import_state to temporarily mutate sys.path (
msg256742 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-19 22:35
Ah, I see. The setup/teardown stuff runs for each test.

So this is what I did:
* Added a method to add a "bad" source file to the source directory. It gets cleaned up with the existing teardown method.
* Used test_importlib to temporarily mutate sys.path as you recommended.

I think this is much closer to what we want. Let me know what you think.

By the way, are there any docs on test_importlib? I couldn't find any.
msg256777 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-20 17:33
The patch LGTM, Nicholas! I'll commit it when I have a chance.

As for docs on test_importlib, nothing in the tests directory is documented to prevent people from depending on it since all the code in that directory is explicitly meant for testing Python and not general use.
msg256778 - (view) Author: Nicholas Chammas (nchammas) * Date: 2015-12-20 17:55
Alright, sounds good to me. Thank you for guiding me through the process!
msg257100 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-12-27 21:17
New changeset 71f071f2e074 by Brett Cannon in branch 'default':
Issue #25768: Make compileall functions return booleans and document
msg257101 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-12-27 21:18
Thanks for the patch, Nicholas! I have added you to Misc/ACKS.

I did tweak the patch, though, to have the functions return booleans instead of 1 or 0 and thus tweaked the docs to be less specific about the return type as well as the tests only doing assertTrue and assertFalse instead of directly comparing against 1 or 0 (which would have still worked, but I prefer the weaker definition in case the return value changes in the future).
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