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Author gregory.p.smith
Recipients gregory.p.smith
Date 2012-01-13.22:31:54
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gzip.GzipFile accepts a fileobj parameter with an open file object.

Unfortunately gzip requires a filename be embedded in the gzip file and the gzip module code uses to get that.

This results in the fake "<fdopen>" name from posixmodule.c being embedded in the output gzipped file when using Python 2.x.  This causes problems when ungzipping these files with gzip -d or ungzip implementations that always rely on the embedded filename when writing their output file rather than stripping a suffix from the input filename as they cannot open a file called "<fdopen>" or if they do, each successive ungzip overwrites the previous...

On Python 3.x the problem is different, the gzip module fails entirely when given an os.fdopen()'ed file object:

$ ./python 
out_file <_io.BufferedWriter name='FOO.gz'>
out_fd 3
fd_out_file <_io.BufferedWriter name=3> 3
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 13, in <module>
    gz_out_file = gzip.GzipFile(fileobj=fd_out_file)
  File "/home/gps/oss/cpython/default/Lib/", line 184, in __init__
  File "/home/gps/oss/cpython/default/Lib/", line 221, in _write_gzip_header
    fname = os.path.basename(
  File "/home/gps/oss/cpython/default/Lib/", line 132, in basename
    i = p.rfind(sep) + 1
AttributeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'rfind'

(code attached)

The os.fdopen()'ed file object is kindly using the integer file descriptor as its .name attribute.  That might or might not be an issue, but regardless of that:

1) GzipFile should not fail in this case.
2) GzipFile should never embed a fake made up filename in its output.

Fixing the gzip module to catch errors and use an empty b'' filename for the gzip code in the above error is easy.

What should be done about the .name attribute on fake file objects?  I don't think it should exist at all.

(another quick test shows that gzip in python 3.x can't output to a BytesIO fileobj at all, it thinks it is readonly)
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