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Title: Deleting a key in a read-only gdbm results in KeyError, not gdbm.error
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.8
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: sam-s, xiang.zhang
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2018-03-19 21:44 by sam-s, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 6295 merged xiang.zhang, 2018-03-28 15:51
Messages (5)
msg314119 - (view) Author: sds (sam-s) Date: 2018-03-19 21:44
deleting a key from a read-only gdbm should be gdbm.error, not KeyError:

>>> import gdbm
>>> db ="foo","n")   # create new
>>> db["a"] = "b"
>>> db.close()
>>> db ="foo","r")   # read only
>>> db["x"] = "1"
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
gdbm.error: Reader can't store    # correct
>>> db["a"]
>>> del db["a"]
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
KeyError: 'a'    # WRONG!  should be the same as above
msg314120 - (view) Author: sds (sam-s) Date: 2018-03-19 21:49
Same problem with 3.6.4, start with

>>> from dbm import gnu as gdbm

then the same incorrect behavior
msg314603 - (view) Author: Xiang Zhang (xiang.zhang) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-03-28 15:02
I like this idea. But this is a behavior change so I think it could only be applied to master branch. But there is a problem, except dbm.gnu and dbm.ndbm, we also get dbm.dumb. It already raises a ValueError when deleting a key in readonly mode. Does it need to be changed to raise dbm.dumb.error to achieve consistency?
msg319062 - (view) Author: sds (sam-s) Date: 2018-06-08 13:34
I think consistency would be nice -- so, yes, `dbm.dumb.error` instead of `ValueError` (or at least a subtype of `dbm.dumb.error`). 
msg331694 - (view) Author: Xiang Zhang (xiang.zhang) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-12-12 12:46
New changeset 4fb0b8bc25c52aae8dcb4353e69c1c88999a9a53 by Xiang Zhang in branch 'master':
bpo-33106: change dbm key deletion error for readonly file from KeyError to dbm.error (#6295)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:58adminsetgithub: 77287
2018-12-12 13:05:50xiang.zhangsetstatus: open -> closed
type: behavior -> enhancement
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
2018-12-12 12:46:58xiang.zhangsetmessages: + msg331694
2018-06-08 13:34:19sam-ssetmessages: + msg319062
2018-03-28 15:51:39xiang.zhangsetkeywords: + patch
stage: patch review
pull_requests: + pull_request6019
2018-03-28 15:02:48xiang.zhangsetnosy: + xiang.zhang

messages: + msg314603
versions: + Python 3.8, - Python 3.6
2018-03-19 21:49:04sam-ssetmessages: + msg314120
versions: + Python 3.6, - Python 2.7
2018-03-19 21:44:11sam-screate