[New-bugs-announce] [issue4891] formatwarning function signature change breaks code

Glenn Linderman report at bugs.python.org
Fri Jan 9 12:09:01 CET 2009

New submission from Glenn Linderman <v+python at g.nevcal.com>:

External code that temporarily replaces warnings.formatwarning, a
technique used in IDLE and worked around (see issue 4043), is broken by
the addition of the optional parameter lineno to the formatwarning function.

While normal calls to functions can be "compatibly" extended with
additional optional parameters, that is not the case when the function
is substituted for, by matching its signature... if the signature is
extended, the code breaks on a Python upgrade, because the substituted
function doesn't know about the new parameter, and has fewer than are
being supplied by calls to the function.

Whether this is good, bad, documented, or appropriate, I don't know, but
it broke CherryPy 3.1.1 when running on Python 2.6, because of the new,
optional, lineno=None parameter to warnings.formatwarning

Not sure I have type and components right.  I'm a newbie.

This problem probably also applies to 3.0, but I don't have the
environment to test it there at present.

I first described this problem on python-dev and the suggestion was made
to put it here (remainder of this comment is a quote):

This formatwarning compatibility problem between 2.5 and 2.6 is a bug.
Please file a new issue for this.

-- Amaury Forgeot d'Arc

components: Interpreter Core
messages: 79462
nosy: v+python
severity: normal
status: open
title: formatwarning function signature change breaks code
type: crash
versions: Python 2.6

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