Author terry.reedy
Recipients ezio.melotti, michael.foord, pitrou, serhiy.storchaka, terry.reedy
Date 2013-08-11.18:22:04
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The patch applies cleanly on my 3.4 Win 7, fresh debug build. Somewhat fortuitously, as it turns out, I have not downloaded the files needed for ssl support. For each modified file, I ran
python_d -m test -v test_xxx

test test_nntplib crashed -- Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "F:\Python\dev\py34\lib\test\", line 1298, in runtest_inner
    the_module = importlib.import_module(abstest)
  File "F:\Python\dev\py34\lib\importlib\", line 93, in import_module
    return _bootstrap._gcd_import(name[level:], package, level)
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1613, in _gcd_import
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1594, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1561, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 607, in _check_name_wrapper
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1056, in load_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 926, in load_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 274, in _call_with_frames_removed
  File "F:\Python\dev\py34\lib\test\", line 305, in <module>
    class NetworkedNNTP_SSLTests(NetworkedNNTPTests):
  File "F:\Python\dev\py34\lib\test\", line 315, in NetworkedNNTP_SSLTests
    NNTP_CLASS = nntplib.NNTP_SSL
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'NNTP_SSL'

I do not understand the frozen importlib stuff, but nntplib._have_ssl is False, so the line asking for the non-existent attribute should not be executed.

The problem is that changing a guard from 'if hasattr' to the decorator is a *semantic change* in that it allows execution of the guarded statement. Skips only skip function calling. For a function statement, creating a function object from the compiled code object and binding a name is trivial. Not calling the function is the important part. For a class with code other than function definitions, the difference is crucial, as the above shows.

The general solution is to put class code inside a function so it is only executed later, as part of the test process, rather than during inport.
    def setUpClass(cls):
        cls.NNTP_CLASS = nntplib.NNTP_SSL

In this case, you could instead guard it with 'if _have_ssl', but since this assignment is the only thing being tested by this test case, it should be inside a method anyway.

I suggest that you review your patch for other changed classes that might have class-level code that could fail with the change to the skip decorator.

Here is similar problem: trying to subclass a class that does not exist.
test test_socketserver crashed
  File "F:\Python\dev\py34\lib\test\", line 50, in <module>
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'UnixStreamServer'

class ForkingUnixStreamServer(socketserver.ForkingMixIn,
                              socketserver.UnixStreamServer): pass

I think you have to go back to 'if HAVE_UNIX_SOCKETS:' for this. Or re-factor somehow.

I cannot help wondering whether should still be (normally) disabled. I sent Mark Dickinson a separate note.
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