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Author serhiy.storchaka
Recipients gvanrossum, levkivskyi, ncoghlan, serhiy.storchaka, yselivanov
Date 2020-04-11.20:54:38
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Currently pydoc outputs __doc__ for classes, functions, methods, properties, etc (using inspect.getdoc()). If the object itself does not have non-empty __doc__, it searches non-empty __doc__ in the class parenthesis (if the object is a class) or in the corresponding overloaded members of the class to which the object (method, property, etc) belongs.

There are several problems with this.

1. Using the docstring of a parent class is misleading in most classes, especially if it is a base or abstract class (like object, Exception, Mapping).

2. If the object does not have the __doc__ attribute, it inherits it from its class, so inspect.getdoc(1) returns the same as inspect.getdoc(int).

3. If the object has own docstring, but is not a class or function, it will be output in the section DATA without a docstring.

The following PR fixes these issues.

1. Docstrings for classes are not inherited. It is better to not output a docstring than output the wrong one.

2. inspect.getdoc() returns the object's own docstring.

3. Docstrings are always output for object with a docstring. See for example help(typing).

In future issues I'll make help(typing) even more informative.
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