[New-bugs-announce] [issue19453] pydoc.py doesn't detect IronPython, help(foo) can hang

David Evans report at bugs.python.org
Wed Oct 30 18:15:13 CET 2013

New submission from David Evans:

The pager functions used by help() in StdLib's pydoc.py don't detect IronPython correctly and the result is a lack of functionality or in some cases a hang. This is similar to issue 8110 in that the code attempts to detect windows with a check for "win32" from sys.platform and needs to check for "cli" as well to detect IronPython running on mono on linux/mac os or on windows.

My naive change to workaround the problem was to add the two line test for "cli" amidst getpager() here:

    if sys.platform == 'win32' or sys.platform.startswith('os2'):
        return lambda text: tempfilepager(plain(text), 'more <')
    if sys.platform == 'cli':
        return plainpager # IronPython
    if hasattr(os, 'system') and os.system('(less) 2>/dev/null') == 0:
        return lambda text: pipepager(text, 'less')

That two line addition allowed basic function and prevents the hang though maybe there is a better pager type that would work on IronPython. In our linux and windows tests though neither the tempfilepager nor pipepager would function on either platform.

I submitted the report to the IronPython issues tracker and someone there suggested posting the patch here.

components: Windows
messages: 201750
nosy: owlmonkey
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: pydoc.py doesn't detect IronPython, help(foo) can hang
type: crash
versions: Python 2.7

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