[New-bugs-announce] [issue20308] inspect.Signature doesn't support user classes without __init__ or __new__

Larry Hastings report at bugs.python.org
Sun Jan 19 22:52:39 CET 2014

New submission from Larry Hastings:

Boy was I surprised by this:

>>> class C: pass
>>> import inspect
>>> inspect.signature(C)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/home/larry/src/python/clinic_c_types_hacking/Lib/inspect.py", line 1557, in signature
    raise ValueError('callable {!r} is not supported by signature'.format(obj))
ValueError: callable <class '__main__.C'> is not supported by signature

Why not?  C is a callable object.  If you can't find a __new__ or an __init__ in the class, its signature should be pretty predictable.

(It returns a signature if you add either a __new__, an __init__, or both.)

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 208502
nosy: brett.cannon, larry, ncoghlan, yselivanov
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: inspect.Signature doesn't support user classes without __init__ or __new__
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4

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