[New-bugs-announce] [issue23653] Make inspect._empty test to False

Nathan West report at bugs.python.org
Thu Mar 12 22:31:49 CET 2015

New submission from Nathan West:

A common Python idiom is to test objects by value in an if. This includes container emptiness and regular expression matches, or using 'or' to specify a default value:

    if my_list:
        # list isn't empty
    if regex.match(string):
        # string matched the regex
    my_list = arg or [1,2,3]

It'd be nice if we could use this idiom with inspect.Signature._empty or inspect.Parameter.empty:

    sig = signature(func)
    for param in sig.parameters.values():
        if param.annotation:

or, to use a the example that motivated this idea:

    def arg_type(param):
        return param.annotation or str

The only issue I can think of is that, if an annotation or default value is some False value, like None, than the test will fail even if the value isn't _empty. However, this issue already exists for other uses of this idiom, and I think this is a perfect extension of the form.

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 237987
nosy: Lucretiel
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Make inspect._empty test to False
type: enhancement
versions: Python 3.5

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