[New-bugs-announce] [issue23934] inspect.signature reporting "()" for all builtin & extension types

Nick Coghlan report at bugs.python.org
Mon Apr 13 18:38:13 CEST 2015

New submission from Nick Coghlan:

inspect.signature isn't currently handling builtin & extension types correctly - these show up as having neither __new__ *nor* __init__ as pure Python callables, so the inspect.signature logic falls through into a currently unhandled case.

_testcapi isn't currently exporting an extension type as docstring introspection fodder, only callables, so test_inspect didn't pick up the problem. The problem can be seen with builtin types like str:

>>> import inspect
>>> inspect.signature(str)
<inspect.Signature object at 0x7fb81d44e518>
>>> print(inspect.signature(str))

Expected behaviour would be to throw a ValueError as with builtin callables without a signature:

>>> import _testcapi
>>> import inspect
>>> inspect.signature(_testcapi.docstring_no_signature)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/home/ncoghlan/devel/py3k/Lib/inspect.py", line 2830, in signature
    return Signature.from_callable(obj)
  File "/home/ncoghlan/devel/py3k/Lib/inspect.py", line 2586, in from_callable
    return _signature_from_callable(obj, sigcls=cls)
  File "/home/ncoghlan/devel/py3k/Lib/inspect.py", line 2064, in _signature_from_callable
  File "/home/ncoghlan/devel/py3k/Lib/inspect.py", line 1984, in _signature_from_builtin
    raise ValueError("no signature found for builtin {!r}".format(func))
ValueError: no signature found for builtin <built-in function docstring_no_signature>

messages: 240649
nosy: james, larry, ncoghlan, yselivanov
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: test needed
status: open
title: inspect.signature reporting "()" for all builtin & extension types
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5

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