[New-bugs-announce] [issue11343] Make errors due to full parser stack identifiable

Andreas Stührk report at bugs.python.org
Sat Feb 26 23:39:51 CET 2011

New submission from Andreas Stührk <andy-python at hammerhartes.de>:

Currently, if the parser's internal stack is full (as it happens when
the parser tries to parse a deeply nested structure), the parser
writes an error message to stderr and a bare MemoryError is
raised. That way, it is really hard for REPLs do handle input that
causes the parser to exhaust its stack correctly (see e.g. ``python -c
"print '(' * 100 + ')' * 100" | python -c "import code;

In my opinion, a SyntaxError would be great because that way one can
easily see where in the source code the error is caused. One reason
against that (stated by MvL in msg1687) is that it's really
syntactically correct Python and only the parser can't parse it. But
then, the same is also true when there are too many indentation levels
in which case an `IndentationError` is raised (which is a subclass of

I have attached two patches: The first still raises a `MemoryError`
(for the sake of backward compatibility) but adds a message ("too many
opening parens") to it. The second raises a `SyntaxError` instead.

components: Interpreter Core
files: parser_nested_MemoryError.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 129604
nosy: Trundle, marienz
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Make errors due to full parser stack identifiable
type: feature request
versions: Python 3.3
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file20925/parser_nested_MemoryError.patch

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