[New-bugs-announce] [issue15843] aifc.open expects only str or file pointer

Alastair Porter report at bugs.python.org
Sun Sep 2 00:33:43 CEST 2012

New submission from Alastair Porter:

Passing a unicode filename to aifc.open() results in the argument being treated like a filepointer instead of opening the file.

The argument check,
only checks if the argument is a str. Should this be extended to accept all string-type objects?

Example usage:
>>> import aifc
>>> aifc.open(u"/some/path")
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/aifc.py", line 924, in open
    return Aifc_read(f)
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/aifc.py", line 335, in __init__
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/aifc.py", line 286, in initfp
    chunk = Chunk(file)
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/chunk.py", line 61, in __init__
    self.chunkname = file.read(4)
AttributeError: 'unicode' object has no attribute 'read'

components: None
messages: 169673
nosy: alastairp
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: aifc.open expects only str or file pointer
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7

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