[issue8847] crash appending list and namedtuple

Terry J. Reedy report at bugs.python.org
Sat Jun 5 02:39:35 CEST 2010

Terry J. Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> added the comment:

"can't reproduce" does not inform as to what *did* happen with which code.

More experiments:
foo = str()
TypeError: can only concatenate list (not "str") to list

class s(str): pass
foo = s()
TypeError: Can't convert 'list' object to str implicitly

Why is it trying to do that? Of course, the interpreter can (implicitly) convert list to tuple, which must be what happens in OP example.

The subclasses of tuple and str do not gain an __radd__ method. If we add one

class s(str):
    def __radd__(s,o): print('in radd, type(o)')
foo = s()
a = [1] + foo
# prints "in radd <class 'list'>"

no implicit conversion is done.

Reversing tuple and list

class Crasher(list): pass
a = () + Crasher() # or Crasher([1])
print(a, type(a), len(a))
#[] <class 'list'> 0 # or [1] <class 'list'> 1

a = (1,) + Crasher()
crashes, so not completely symmetrical


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