Author eric.smith
Recipients BreamoreBoy, eric.smith, ezio.melotti, flox, hct, mark.dickinson, meador.inge, python-dev, r.david.murray
Date 2014-03-20.00:47:28
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This is basically the definition of object.__format__:

def __format__(self, specifier):
  if len(specifier) == 0:
    return str(self)
  raise TypeError('non-empty format string passed to object.__format__')

Which is why it works for an empty specifier.

As a reminder, the point of raising this type error is described in the first message posted in this bug. This caused us an actual problem when we implemented complex.__format__, and I don't see object.__format__ changing.

Implementing NoneType.__format__ and having it understand some string specifiers would be possible, but I'm against it, for reasons I hope I've made clear.

As to why None.__format__ appears to be implemented, it's the same as this:

>>> class Foo: pass
>>> Foo().__format__
<built-in method __format__ of Foo object at 0xb74e6a4c>

That's really object.__format__, bound to a Foo instance.
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