Author davidhalter
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Date 2013-09-11.06:20:50
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I recently stumbled over the ``dir`` function not working correctly with classes. This means that ``dir(object)`` won't list ``object.__bases__`` or ``object.__subclasses`` (and many other useful methods).

I think that we should change that. The C function ``type_dir`` (in ``Objects/typeobject.c``) has a documentation entry which states:

"We deliberately don't suck up its __class__, as methods belonging to the metaclass would probably be more confusing than helpful."

I think that that's not true. The current behaviour of ``dir`` is way more confusing, since ``dir`` is typically the tool how we find out about magic methods.

I wrote about it in more details here: http://jedidjah.ch/code/2013/9/8/wrong_dir_function/
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