[New-bugs-announce] [issue24565] the f_lineno getter is broken

Xavier de Gaye report at bugs.python.org
Sat Jul 4 22:36:38 CEST 2015

New submission from Xavier de Gaye:

The last paragraph of Objects/lnotab_notes.txt explains that the f_lineno member of the PyFrameObject structure is needed to store the line number of the last "line" tracing event so that this value may be used as the line number of the "return" event instead of the (sometimes confusing) value computed from f_lasti.  The f_lineno getter must then return the value of f->f_lineno (instead of the value computed from f->f_lasti) when tracing is set. The current implementation translates "tracing is set" as "the local f_trace trace function is not NULL", this is wrong for the following reasons:

* AFAIK it is not documented anywhere that Python users implementing a trace function must delete the local f_trace functions of all the frames when setting the
  global trace function to None via sys.settrace(None) (issue 7238).

* Bdb.set_continue() in the bdb module of the std lib seems to know about this and attempts to do it, but fails to delete f_trace from the topmost frame, named botframe (sic) (issue 16482, issue 17697).

* It is not obvious how to delete the f_trace of all suspended generators when setting the global trace function to None (issue 17277).

* _PyTraceback_Add() in Python/traceback.c sets frame->f_lineno, obviously forgetting that it is useless since its f_trace is NULL.

This patch changes the semantics of f_lineno by stating that f_lineno is invalid when its value is -1. When tracing, the f_lineno of all the frames on the stack is valid. The f_lineno of a suspended generator is always invalid.

components: Interpreter Core
files: f_lineno.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 246275
nosy: belopolsky, xdegaye
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: the f_lineno getter is broken
versions: Python 3.6
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file39865/f_lineno.patch

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