[New-bugs-announce] [issue8824] Improve documentation of exec

Terry J. Reedy report at bugs.python.org
Wed May 26 19:36:47 CEST 2010

New submission from Terry J. Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu>:

This doc improvement suggestion is inspired by #991196 (and subsequent duplicates) and the current discussion on py-dev in the thread
  'variable name resolution in exec is incorrect'
(which is not a correct claim). I believe there is consensus that the doc for exec needs improving.

My suggestion (which others may amend) is that the following paragraph (from the 3.x builtin functions exec entry)

"In all cases, if the optional parts are omitted, the code is executed in the current scope. If only globals is provided, it must be a dictionary, which will be used for both the global and the local variables. If globals  and locals are given, they are used for the global and local variables, respectively. If provided, locals can be any mapping object."

have these two sentences added:

"If only globals is provided or if onedict is provided as both globals and locals, the code is executed in a new top-level scope. If different objects are given as globals and locals, the code is executed as if it were in a class statement in a new top-level scope."

assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
messages: 106552
nosy: docs at python, tjreedy
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Improve documentation of exec
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.1, Python 3.2

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