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On 27.06.2017 13:41, Nick Coghlan wrote:
The shallow exception notion breaks a fairly fundamental refactoring principle in Python: you should be able to replace an arbitrary expression with a subfunction or subgenerator that produces the same result without any of the surrounding code being able to tell the difference.
I would agree with you here but this "refactoring principle in Python" doesn't work for control flow.
Just look at "return", "break", "continue" etc. Exceptions are another way of handling control flow. So, this doesn't apply here IMO.
By contrast, Steven's exception_guard recipe just takes the existing "raise X from Y" feature, and makes it available as a context manager and function decorator.
I don't see how this helps differentiating shallow and nested exceptions such as:
try: with exception_guard(ImportError): import myspeciallib except RuntimeError: # catches shallow and nested ones import fallbacks.MySpecialLib as myspeciallib
PS: this has nothing to do with cyclic imports. It can be a misconfiguration of the system which fails nested imports. In those cases, we fallback silently.