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Title: Regression in Python 3: Subclassing PrettyPrinter.format doesn't work anymore
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.10
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: anthonybaxter, doerwalter, iritkatriel, markhirota, mic_e, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, taleinat, xiang.zhang
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2016-12-01 11:45 by mic_e, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 22120 merged iritkatriel, 2020-09-06 16:30
Messages (4)
msg282159 - (view) Author: Michael Enßlin (mic_e) Date: 2016-12-01 11:45
This issue was previously addressed and fixed here:

When subclassing PrettyPrinter, overriding the format() method should allow users to define custom pretty-printers.

However, for objects whose repr is short, format() is not called for the individual members.

Example code that reproduces the issue is as follows:

import pprint
import sys


class MyPrettyPrinter(pprint.PrettyPrinter):
    def format(self, object, context, maxlevels, level):
        if isinstance(object, int):
            return hex(object), True, False
            return pprint.PrettyPrinter.format(self, object, context, maxlevels, level)


When run with different versions of Python:

sys.version_info(major=2, minor=7, micro=11, releaselevel='final', serial=0)

(3, 0, 1, 'final', 0)

sys.version_info(major=3, minor=2, micro=5, releaselevel='final', serial=0)

sys.version_info(major=3, minor=4, micro=4, releaselevel='final', serial=0)

sys.version_info(major=3, minor=6, micro=0, releaselevel='beta', serial=4)

You'll notice that the regression exists in all versions >= 3.0,
even though the commit that fixed the issue is still in the log (2008-01-20):

I have not had the time to look at the source of the issue or provide a fix; I might do so tonight.
msg376465 - (view) Author: Irit Katriel (iritkatriel) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-09-06 16:31
This issue only impacts container objects where  the len(repr(o)) is less than width. If the length is greater than width, containers are handled by a different code path which is covered by a unit test and works correctly.

For this case, indeed it works in Python 2 but not in Python 3. The PrettyPrinter._format code has been refactored quite a lot with respect to handling of containers.

In both Python 2 and 3 this happens:

PrettyPrinter.pprint([10]) calls
    PrettyPrinter._format([10])  which calls
	    PrettyPrinter._repr([10]) which calls
			MyPrettyPrinter.format([10]) which calls
			    PrettyPrinter.format([10]) which calls
				    _safe_repr([10])  which calls
							returns 10
					returns [10]
				returns [10]
			returns [10]
		returns [10]

But then they diverge - in Python 3 the [10] is returned as the result, but in Python 2 there is another piece of code (starting here which overrides this result and recalculates the representation for containers. In our case it does:

		since issubclass(type([10]), list):
			# ignore the [10] calculated above, now call
			self._format(10) which calls
				PrettyPrinter._repr(10) which calls
					returns 0xa
				returns 0xa
			returns 0xa
		returns [0xa]

This explains the difference between Python 2 and 3. 

As to why the first calculation returns [10] and not [0xa]:
This is because _safe_repr is defined at module scope, so once it is called we are no longer on the PrettyPrinter instance, and the format() override is no longer accessible.  When _safe_repr needs to recurse on container contents, it calls itself.

I think the solution is to make _safe_repr a method of PrettyPrinter, and make it call self.format() when it needs to recurse. The default self.format() just calls _safe_repr, so when there is no override the result is the same.

The PR's diff looks substantial, but that's mostly due to the indentation of _safe_repr code. To make it easier to review, I split it into several commits, where the indentation is done in one commit as a noop change. The other commits have much smaller diffs.
msg381667 - (view) Author: Tal Einat (taleinat) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-11-23 13:32
New changeset ff420f0e08a2443339da0df7ace95e14177bac53 by Irit Katriel in branch 'master':
bpo-28850: Fix PrettyPrinter.format overrides ignored for contents of small containers (GH-22120)
msg381668 - (view) Author: Tal Einat (taleinat) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-11-23 13:34
Thanks for the report, Michael!

Thanks for the fix, Irit!
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:40adminsetgithub: 73036
2020-11-23 13:34:04taleinatsetstatus: open -> closed
versions: - Python 3.8, Python 3.9
messages: + msg381668

resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
2020-11-23 13:32:03taleinatsetnosy: + taleinat
messages: + msg381667
2020-09-09 11:35:38georg.brandlsetnosy: - georg.brandl
2020-09-09 11:18:24iritkatrielsetnosy: + serhiy.storchaka
2020-09-06 16:31:30iritkatrielsetmessages: + msg376465
versions: + Python 3.8, Python 3.9, Python 3.10, - Python 3.5, Python 3.6, Python 3.7
2020-09-06 16:30:27iritkatrielsetkeywords: + patch
nosy: + iritkatriel

pull_requests: + pull_request21205
stage: needs patch -> patch review
2016-12-02 09:39:57xiang.zhangsetnosy: + xiang.zhang
stage: needs patch

versions: + Python 3.7, - Python 3.3, Python 3.4
2016-12-01 16:51:09gvanrossumsetnosy: - gvanrossum
2016-12-01 11:45:23mic_ecreate