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Author Antony.Lee
Recipients Antony.Lee, bup, ethan.furman, josh.r
Date 2020-09-13.11:46:44
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To be honest, I don't really remember what exact use case I had in my mind 2 years ago (as I probably worked around it in one way or another).  However, one example that I can think of (and that I have actually implemented before) is auto-conversion of C #defines from a C header file to a Python-level enum (e.g. for semi-automatic generation of a ctypes wrapper):

    # A general header parser (untested, just an example)
    def parse_defines(header_file):
        d = {}
        for line in header_file:
            if line.startswith("#define"):
                _, k, v = line.split()
                d[k] = int(v)
        return d

    # Now wrapping a specific C library
    foo_defines = parse_defines("foo.h")

    class Foo(Enum):
        locals().update({k: v for k, v in foo_defines.items() if k.startswith("FOO_")})

        def some_method(self):
            # e.g. call a C function that takes a FOO_* as parameter.

Obviously I could always just replace the method by a free function, but that's true for (nearly) all methods.  In other words, it seems a bit "unfair" that it is easy to define methods on enums where all options are explicitly listed, but very hard(?) to do so on enums with programatically defined options.
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