[ python-Bugs-1683368 ] object.__init__ shouldn't allow args/kwds

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Bugs item #1683368, was opened at 2007-03-19 03:32
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Category: Python Interpreter Core
Group: Python 2.5
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: Blake Ross (blakeross)
>Assigned to: Neal Norwitz (nnorwitz)
Summary: object.__init__ shouldn't allow args/kwds

Initial Comment:
object.__init__ currently allows any amount of args and keywords even though they're ignored. This is inconsistent with other built-ins, like list, that are stricter about what they'll accept. It's also inconsistent with object.__new__, which does throw if any are provided (if the default __init__ is to be used).

To reproduce:

object.__init__(object(), foo, bar=3)

This is a slight irritation when using cooperative super calling. I'd like each class' __init__ to cherry-pick keyword params it accepts and pass the remaining ones up the chain, but right now I can't rely on object.__init__ to throw if there are remaining keywords by that point.


>Comment By: Georg Brandl (gbrandl)
Date: 2007-03-19 08:56

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I don't really understand either why object_new() checks the arguments,
not object_init():

static int
object_init(PyObject *self, PyObject *args, PyObject *kwds)
	return 0;

/* If we don't have a tp_new for a new-style class, new will use this
   Therefore this should take no arguments/keywords.  However, this new
   also be inherited by objects that define a tp_init but no tp_new. 
   objects WILL pass argumets to tp_new, because it gets the same args as
   tp_init.  So only allow arguments if we aren't using the default init,
   which case we expect init to handle argument parsing. */
static PyObject *
object_new(PyTypeObject *type, PyObject *args, PyObject *kwds)
	if (type->tp_init == object_init && (PyTuple_GET_SIZE(args) ||
	     (kwds && PyDict_Check(kwds) && PyDict_Size(kwds)))) {
				"default __new__ takes no parameters");
		return NULL;
	return type->tp_alloc(type, 0);


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