[New-bugs-announce] [issue20123] pydoc.synopsis fails to load binary modules

Eric Snow report at bugs.python.org
Sat Jan 4 23:27:05 CET 2014

New submission from Eric Snow:

I'm guessing this is a very seldom (never?) used code path.  I've included a patch to test and fix the problem.  The patch includes several related tests for pydoc.

$ py3 -c 'import pydoc; pydoc.synopsis("/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/lib-dynload/time.cpython-34m.so")'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/tokenize.py", line 368, in find_cookie
    line_string = line.decode('utf-8')
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xf4 in position 96: invalid continuation byte

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/pydoc.py", line 229, in synopsis
    file = tokenize.open(filename)
  File "/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/tokenize.py", line 429, in open
    encoding, lines = detect_encoding(buffer.readline)
  File "/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/tokenize.py", line 409, in detect_encoding
    encoding = find_cookie(first)
  File "/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/tokenize.py", line 373, in find_cookie
    raise SyntaxError(msg)
SyntaxError: invalid or missing encoding declaration for '/opt/python3.4/lib/python3.4/lib-dynload/time.cpython-34m.so'

messages: 207319
nosy: eric.snow, larry
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: patch review
status: open
title: pydoc.synopsis fails to load binary modules
type: behavior

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