[New-bugs-announce] [issue12705] Make compile('1\n2\n', '', 'single') raise an exception instead of silently truncating?

Devin Jeanpierre report at bugs.python.org
Sun Aug 7 03:39:51 CEST 2011

New submission from Devin Jeanpierre <jeanpierreda at gmail.com>:

(this is copy-pasted from http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-ideas/2011-July/010787.html )

compile('1\n2\n', '','single') == compile('1\n', '','single').

That is, it ignores the second statement ('2\n'),
without offering a way for the caller to detect this.

Considering that 'single' is primarily used to emulate the behaviour
of the Python interpreter, most of the time, giving it multiple
statements is an impossibility, and so that case doesn't matter and
could raise an exception without affecting existing code. For example,
the code module meets this description, as do debuggers and such.

However, in cases where it _is_ possible to give the compiler multiple
statements, the user should be warned that his input isn't valid,
somehow. For example, the following doctest will mysteriously fail,
because it was written incorrectly (doctest uses 'single'):

   >>> import sys
   ... sys.stdout.write('foo\n')

This is because the second statement in the doctest was silently
discarded by compile(). It might not always be clear to users how to
fix this, and I think this kind of non-obvious error would exist in
any use of 'single' that can in theory involve multiple statements,
through user error or program bug. So I'd appreciate it if compile()
raised an exception in this case. Perhaps SyntaxError or ValueError.

components: Interpreter Core
messages: 141735
nosy: Devin Jeanpierre
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Make compile('1\n2\n', '', 'single') raise an exception instead of silently truncating?
versions: Python 3.3

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