Author ghewgill
Recipients ghewgill
Date 2009-11-23.10:04:12
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Quite by accident, I came across a case where Python would quit
generating traceback text and skip printing the actual exception
information. Here is a sample program:

    exec(compile("spam()", ".", "exec"))

and the output in Python 3.1 ("spam" is undefined):

    $ python3.1
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "", line 1, in <module>
        exec(compile("spam()", ".", "exec"))
      File ".", line 1, in <module>

This was bewildering until I realised that the traceback generator was
unable to read from the filename passed to compile() (my original
example was using a name other than "." that wasn't intended to be a
file name, but just happened to also be a directory name). I didn't
really mind the lack of source text, but the lack of the actual
exception message was most disturbing.

This appears to be a failure mode common to both traceback.c and, through slightly different mechanisms. In traceback.c, if
the source filename refers to a directory, the C open() succeeds but an
error occurs when trying to read from the directory handle. In, the Python open() call fails with an IOError exception, 
and the exception wasn't handled gracefully.

I have attached a patch that creates the following output instead:

    $ ./python.exe
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "", line 1, in <module>
        exec(compile("spam()", ".", "exec"))
      File ".", line 1, in <module>
        [Errno 21] Is a directory: '.'
    NameError: name 'spam' is not defined
I have tested the patch against Python 3.1, but it applies cleanly to 
the trunk (for some reason I couldn't make the trunk build, but that's 
unrelated). This patch may need some finesse for a Win32 build; I don't
have the ability to test that at the moment.
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