[New-bugs-announce] [issue12674] pydoc str.split does not find the method

thp report at bugs.python.org
Mon Aug 1 14:22:36 CEST 2011

New submission from thp <thp at thpinfo.com>:

If I want to get help on a method on a built-in class (e.g. list or str) I can use the help function in the interactive shell:

>>> help(str.split)
>>> help(list.append)

However, when I try to do the same with the command-line utility "pydoc" it does not work:

$ pydoc str.split

What does work with the pydoc command is that I use the following command and then search for the function in the resulting output:

$ pydoc str # after that, manually search for "split"

I've created a patch against Python 2.6's "pydoc.py" that tries to iteratively look up methods in builtins. This keeps the previous behavior as-is, but will give positive results in the cases listed above.

components: Library (Lib)
files: pydoc_builtin-classmethods.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 141494
nosy: thp
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: pydoc str.split does not find the method
versions: Python 2.7
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file22817/pydoc_builtin-classmethods.patch

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