[New-bugs-announce] [issue27142] Default int value with xmlrpclib / xmlrpc.client

Julien report at bugs.python.org
Fri May 27 18:17:42 EDT 2016

New submission from Julien:

I tried to execute the following code, but `xmlrpclib` is raising an exception:

    >>> import xmlrpclib
    >>> data = """<?xml version="1.0"?> 
    ... <methodCall>
    ...     <methodName>test_method</methodName>
    ...     <params>
    ...         <param>
    ...             <value>
    ...                 <int/>
    ...             </value>
    ...         </param>
    ...     </params>
    ... </methodCall>"""
    >>> xmlrpclib.loads(data)
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 1141, in loads
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 558, in feed
        self._parser.Parse(data, 0)
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 829, in end
        return f(self, join(self._data, ""))
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 864, in end_int
    ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: ''

The behaviour is the same with `<int></int>`, and in python 3.4 with xmlrpc.client .
However, I tried to parse the same data with PHP, and it works without any trouble.

    php > $data = '<?xml version="1.0"?><methodCall><methodName>test_method</methodName><params><param><value><int/></value></param></params></methodCall>';
    php > print_r(xmlrpc_decode($data));
        [0] => 0

The .NET documentation of XML-RPC also suggests that `<int/>` is interpreted as 0 (although I couldn't try it myself):
> If an XML-RPC struct member is missing its corresponding .NET struct member will be set to null instead of the default value for the type if a non-nullable type had been used, for example null instead of zero for an integer.

Is it a feature in .NET and PHP implementations of XML-RPC, or a bug in the python implementation? I didn't find any documentation about the XML-RPC protocol itself on this topic.

components: Library (Lib), XML
messages: 266517
nosy: julienc
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Default int value with xmlrpclib / xmlrpc.client
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.4

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