[New-bugs-announce] [issue1400] Py3k's print() flushing problem

Wojciech Walczak report at bugs.python.org
Wed Nov 7 19:36:11 CET 2007


New submission from Wojciech Walczak:

py3k's print() is not flushing when the string's length is 1 byte long 
and 'end' parameter is set to ''. Example:
>>> print('x',end='') # it should print 'x' but it does nothing
>>> print('') # we have to call second print() to get buffers flushed
x
>>>

The same thing happens when the string is empty and end's length is 1:
>>> print('',end='x') # it should print 'x' but it does nothing
>>> print('') # we have to call second print() to get buffers flushed
x
>>>

When there is more characters than one, print() is flushing allright 
(despite of lack of a newline in the interpreter):
>>> print('x',end='y')
xy>>> print('xx',end='')
xx>>> print('',end='yy')
yy>>>
   
The same thing happens in scripts. Try this one as script:
-----------------
import time

print('xx',end='')
time.sleep(3)
print('x',end='')
time.sleep(3)
-----------------

First print() will flush immediately even though there is no newline
and flush is not called, while second print() will flush after second
sleep (because python is flushing buffers at the end of the script).
The conclusion is that print() is not flushing immediately when
string is 1 byte long, but when it is longer - then print() is
flushing even when there is no newline or flush was not called by the 
programmer.

I guess print() should act in the same way for every string > 0 bytes 
long instead of for every string > 1 byte long.

Any ideas where is the bug?

You can find Python-3000's mail list discussion about that bug here: 
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-3000/2007-November/011191.html


Wojtek Walczak

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components: Build
messages: 57215
nosy: wojtekwalczak
severity: normal
status: open
title: Py3k's print() flushing problem
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.0

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