[New-bugs-announce] [issue7180] "pydoc -k" can generate AttributeError on Mac OS X

Kevin Grant report at bugs.python.org
Wed Oct 21 08:43:17 CEST 2009

New submission from Kevin Grant <kmg at mac.com>:

Running "pydoc -k ..." with a query string will end with a Python AttributeError while looking for Carbon.File.FSSpecType.

I was using /usr/bin/pydoc on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which is from Python 2.6.1.

It appears that any query will produce a similar error, but here is one case:

  % pydoc -k example
  xxsubtype - xxsubtype is an example module showing how to subtype builtin types from C.
  doctest - Module doctest -- a framework for running examples in docstrings.
  Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/bin/pydoc2.6", line 7, in <module>
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/pydoc.py", line 2216, in cli
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/pydoc.py", line 1911, in apropos
      ModuleScanner().run(callback, key)
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/pydoc.py", line 1876, in run
      for importer, modname, ispkg in pkgutil.walk_packages(onerror=onerror):
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/pkgutil.py", line 110, in walk_packages
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-mac/lib-
scriptpackages/CodeWarrior/__init__.py", line 8, in <module>
      import aetools
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-mac/aetools.py", line 36, in <module>
      from aepack import packkey, pack, unpack, coerce, AEDescType
    File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-mac/aepack.py", line 61, in <module>
      FSSType = Carbon.File.FSSpecType
  AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'FSSpecType'

A solution would appear to be as follows:

Since Carbon.File no longer defines FSSpecType, perhaps aepack.py should no longer support it.  This would require removing 
the definition from aepack.py:61, as well as the case in the pack() routine (at aepack.py:88-89) that uses FSSType.

assignee: ronaldoussoren
components: Macintosh
messages: 94307
nosy: kmgrant, ronaldoussoren
severity: normal
status: open
title: "pydoc -k" can generate AttributeError on Mac OS X
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.6

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