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Title: Have importlib.reload() raise ModuleNotFoundError when a spec can't be found
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: Richard Cooper, brett.cannon, eric.snow, ncoghlan, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: low Keywords: easy

Created on 2017-03-19 00:09 by Richard Cooper, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit Richard Cooper, 2017-03-19 00:09 Repo testcase
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PR 972 merged garvitdelhi, 2017-04-03 11:19
Messages (5)
msg289834 - (view) Author: Richard Cooper (Richard Cooper) Date: 2017-03-19 00:09
importlib.reload doesn't work; gives an error about NoneType having no name attribute.

See attached a simple repo testcase

When run it yields the following [disappointing] result.  I'm running Python3.0.6.1 (installed from brew) on OSX 10.12.3

iMac:python_package_loader cooper$ python3 
module loaded
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 14, in <module>
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.6.0_1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/importlib/", line 166, in reload
    _bootstrap._exec(spec, module)
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 589, in _exec
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'name'
msg289903 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-03-20 19:22
First, I don't know what version you're testing against because isn't an actual release of Python and 3.6.1 isn't released yet (unless you know something I don't know :) ).

Second, the issue is that you're trying to import a module under a name which doesn't match the file specified. That's causing reload() to not be able to find the original source file to reload against, leading to the None being returned by importlib._bootstrap._find_spec() which is leading to the error you're seeing. (Remember, reload() basically runs like an import statement for the module you're reloading but recycles the module object.)

Third, while an exception is reasonable in this case, it is misleading and reload() should be updated to raise an ImportError if _bootstrap._find_spec() returns None.

I'm marking this issue as an easy fix since you just need to add an `is None` check on a return value and then raise ImportError if necessary in case someone wants to propose a PR to improve the error. It will require a doc update to document the change in the exception raised.
msg291081 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-04-03 16:35
Wouldn't ModuleNotFoundError be more appropriate?
msg291125 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-04-04 16:33
That's a good point, Serhiy, since that's what the exception is signaling. So yes, the exception should be ModuleNotFounderror.
msg294405 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-05-24 22:19
New changeset 94987826e89e8a89c20f081e18be33fc840e6203 by Brett Cannon (Garvit Khatri) in branch 'master':
bpo-29851: Have importlib.reload() raise ImportError if the module's spec is not found (GH-972)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:44adminsetgithub: 74037
2017-05-24 22:20:40brett.cannonsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: resolved
2017-05-24 22:19:52brett.cannonsetmessages: + msg294405
2017-04-04 16:33:10brett.cannonsetmessages: + msg291125
title: Have importlib.reload() raise ImportError when a spec can't be found -> Have importlib.reload() raise ModuleNotFoundError when a spec can't be found
2017-04-03 16:35:51serhiy.storchakasetnosy: + serhiy.storchaka
messages: + msg291081
2017-04-03 11:19:17garvitdelhisetpull_requests: + pull_request1149
2017-03-20 19:22:29brett.cannonsetpriority: normal -> low

type: crash -> enhancement

title: importlib.reload references None object -> Have importlib.reload() raise ImportError when a spec can't be found
keywords: + easy
nosy: + brett.cannon, ncoghlan, eric.snow
versions: + Python 3.7
messages: + msg289903
2017-03-19 00:09:56Richard Coopercreate