[New-bugs-announce] [issue26261] NamedTemporaryFile documentation is vague about the `name` attribute
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Mon Feb 1 12:21:22 EST 2016
New submission from Antti Haapala:
The documentation for NamedTemporaryFile is a bit vague. It says
[--] That name can be retrieved from the name attribute of the file object. [--] The returned object is always a file-like object whose file
attribute is the underlying true file object. This file-like object can be used in a with statement, just like a normal file.
That `file-like object` vs `true file object` made me assume that I need to do
f = NamedTemporaryFile()
to get the filename, which sort of worked, but only later realized that `f.file.name` is actually the file descriptor number on Linux, a.k.a an integer. Thus I suggest that the one sentence be changed to "That name can be retrieved from the name attribute of the returned file-like object."
assignee: docs at python
nosy: docs at python, ztane
title: NamedTemporaryFile documentation is vague about the `name` attribute
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