[New-bugs-announce] [issue42569] Callers of _Py_fopen/_Py_wfopen may be broken after addition of audit hooks

Alexey Izbyshev report at bugs.python.org
Fri Dec 4 11:12:33 EST 2020

New submission from Alexey Izbyshev <izbyshev at ispras.ru>:

Before addition of audit hooks in 3.8, _Py_fopen() and _Py_wfopen() were simple wrappers around corresponding C runtime functions. They didn't require GIL, reported errors via errno and could be safely called during early interpreter initialization.

With the addition of PySys_Audit() calls, they can also raise an exception, which makes it unclear how they should be used. At least one caller[1] is confused, so an early-added hook (e.g. from sitecustomize.py) that raises a RuntimeError on at attempt to open the main file causes the following:

$ ./python /home/test/test.py
./python: can't open file '/home/test/test.py': [Errno 22] Invalid argument
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/test/.local/lib/python3.10/site-packages/sitecustomize.py", line 10, in hook
    raise RuntimeError("XXX")
RuntimeError: XXX

"Invalid argument" is reported by pymain_run_file() due to a bogus errno, and the real problem (exception from the hook) is noticed only later.

Could somebody share the current intended status/role of these helpers? Understanding that seems to be required to deal with issue 32381.

[1] https://github.com/python/cpython/blob/066394018a84/Modules/main.c#L314

components: Interpreter Core
messages: 382499
nosy: izbyshev, steve.dower, vstinner
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Callers of _Py_fopen/_Py_wfopen may be broken after addition of audit hooks
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.10, Python 3.8, Python 3.9

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