[New-bugs-announce] [issue9409] doctest in python2.7 can't handle non-ascii characters

Hugo Lopes Tavares report at bugs.python.org
Thu Jul 29 03:24:07 CEST 2010

New submission from Hugo Lopes Tavares <hltbra at gmail.com>:

When trying to run my test suite I had a problem with python2.7. My suite ran 100% in Python2.4, Python2.5, Python2.6 and Python3.2a0, so I thought it would be a kind of doctest flaw.

Taking a look at the code, there is the following in doctest.py:1331:

            source = example.source.encode('ascii', 'backslashreplace')

The problem is that my doctest file had non-ascii files and I got trouble.

hugo at hugo-laptop:~/issue$ python2.7 example.py 
Doctest: non-ascii.txt ... ok
Doctest: ascii.txt ... ERROR

ERROR: ascii.txt
Doctest: ascii.txt
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py", line 2148, in runTest
    test, out=new.write, clear_globs=False)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py", line 1382, in run
    return self.__run(test, compileflags, out)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py", line 1272, in __run
    got += _exception_traceback(exc_info)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py", line 244, in _exception_traceback
    traceback.print_exception(exc_type, exc_val, exc_tb, file=excout)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/traceback.py", line 125, in print_exception
    print_tb(tb, limit, file)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/traceback.py", line 69, in print_tb
    line = linecache.getline(filename, lineno, f.f_globals)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/linecache.py", line 14, in getline
    lines = getlines(filename, module_globals)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py", line 1331, in __patched_linecache_getlines
    source = example.source.encode('ascii', 'backslashreplace')
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 19: ordinal not in range(128)

Ran 2 tests in 0.006s

FAILED (errors=1)
hugo at hugo-laptop:~/issue$ 

Taking an inner look at doctest.py in python2.6 and python2.7 I realized there is another inconsistency with filenames in both (I was lucky to try at first a filename that doesn't match the regex):

    __LINECACHE_FILENAME_RE = re.compile(r'<doctest '

Well, <name> is the file name, but filenames are not only composed of alphanums and dots. Maybe it should be slightly different, like:

    __LINECACHE_FILENAME_RE = re.compile(r'<doctest '
                                         r'\[(?P<examplenum>\d+)\]>$', re.UNICODE)

Because we can have several kinds of names. But it is not the top of the iceberg, anyaway.

To solve my problem, I propose moving back that first snippet to how it was in python2.6. The diff would be:

--- /usr/local/lib/python2.7/doctest.py	2010-07-28 22:07:01.272234398 -0300
+++ doctest.py	2010-07-28 22:20:42.000000000 -0300
@@ -1328,8 +1328,7 @@
         m = self.__LINECACHE_FILENAME_RE.match(filename)
         if m and m.group('name') == self.test.name:
             example = self.test.examples[int(m.group('examplenum'))]
-            source = example.source.encode('ascii', 'backslashreplace')
-            return source.splitlines(True)
+            return example.source.splitlines(True)
             return self.save_linecache_getlines(filename, module_globals)

files: ascii.txt
messages: 111881
nosy: hugo
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: doctest in python2.7 can't handle non-ascii characters
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file18242/ascii.txt

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