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Title: int no attribute 'lower' iterating email.Message
Type: Stage: resolved
Components: email Versions: Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: out of date
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: Vitold S, barry, iritkatriel, martin.panter, r.david.murray
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2016-12-05 19:04 by Vitold S, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (7)
msg282454 - (view) Author: Vitold S (Vitold S) Date: 2016-12-05 19:04
I have MIME message and parse content. Later I walk on message headers by call for and receive follow traceback:

Traceback (most recent call last):
    for m in msg:  (msg is email.message.Message instance)
  File "C:\Python27\lib\email\", line 294, in __getitem__
    return self.get(name)
  File "C:\Python27\lib\email\", line 360, in get
    name = name.lower()
AttributeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'lower'

But with items() all work properly.
msg282455 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-12-05 19:25
It looks like your 'name' variable holds an integer, not a string giving a header name.
msg282456 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-12-05 19:27
Oh, I think I misread your traceback.

Can you provide the actual code you are running, please?  And probably the message you are parsing, as well.
msg282465 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-12-05 21:13
You just need a messsage object with one or more header fields:

>>> msg = message_from_string("Name: value\r\n\r\n")
>>> for m in msg:
...     pass
AttributeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'lower'

Python 2 does not implement __iter__(), so it is the default sequence iteration protocol causing this behaviour. The documentation does not mention iteration either: <>. It mentions a “mapping-like interface”, but since it explicitly lists __len__(), __contains__(), etc, and not __iter__(), I would say you should not assume iteration is supported.

Python 3 does implement Message.__iter__(), but it does not seem to be documented. The method seems to be added as a side effect of Guido removing and restoring the email package: (removed without __iter__) (added back including __iter__)
msg282469 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-12-05 22:02
The __iter__() method was added by Barry in <>:
“Added an __iter__() to email.message.Message for iterating over the message’s headers.”

On the other hand, earlier he said it was ambiguous what the behaviour should be: Issue 1017329.
msg282479 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-12-05 22:37
I had no memory that __iter__ wasn't implemented in python2, thanks Martin.  So, this isn't really a bug, though one could argue it should be mentioned explicitly in the 2.7 docs, since it is definitely counter-intuitive to a python programmer.
msg382157 - (view) Author: Irit Katriel (iritkatriel) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-11-30 15:37
Python 2-only issue.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:40adminsetgithub: 73067
2020-11-30 15:37:20iritkatrielsetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + iritkatriel
messages: + msg382157

resolution: out of date
stage: resolved
2016-12-05 22:37:52r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg282479
2016-12-05 22:02:54martin.pantersetmessages: + msg282469
2016-12-05 21:13:37martin.pantersettitle: int no attribute 'lower' iterating email.Messasge -> int no attribute 'lower' iterating email.Message
2016-12-05 21:13:17martin.pantersetnosy: + martin.panter

messages: + msg282465
title: int no attribute 'lower' -> int no attribute 'lower' iterating email.Messasge
2016-12-05 19:27:08r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg282456
2016-12-05 19:25:58r.david.murraysetmessages: + msg282455
2016-12-05 19:04:09Vitold Screate