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Title: ABCMeta.__subclasscheck__() doesn't support duck typing.
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.10, Python 3.9
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: grahamd
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2021-08-06 06:56 by grahamd, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin.

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msg399060 - (view) Author: Graham Dumpleton (grahamd) Date: 2021-08-06 06:56
The Python standard library has two effective implementations of helpers for the ABCMeta class. A C implementation, and a pure Python version which is only used if the C implementation isn't available (perhaps for PyPy).


These two implementations behave differently.

Specifically, the ABCMeta.__subclasscheck__() implementation for the C version doesn't support duck typing for the subclass argument to issubclass() when this delegates to ABCMeta.__subclasscheck__(). The Python implementation for this has no problems though.

In the pure Python version it uses isinstance().


In the C implementation it uses PyType_Check() which doesn't give the same result.


The consequence of this is that transparent object proxies used as decorators on classes (eg., as wrapt uses) will break when the C implementation us used with an error of:

        #       def __subclasscheck__(cls, subclass):
        #           """Override for issubclass(subclass, cls)."""
        #   >       return _abc_subclasscheck(cls, subclass)
        #   E       TypeError: issubclass() arg 1 must be a class

Example of tests from wrapt and how tests using C implementation must be disabled can be found at:


If instead of using PyType_Check() the C implementation used PyObject_IsInstance() at that point it is possible that wrapt may then work if the remainder of the C implementation is true to how the pure Python version works (not been able to test if that is the case or not as yet).
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:48adminsetgithub: 89010
2021-08-06 06:56:59grahamdcreate