[Python-Dev] Exceptions doctest Re: Request for review

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 19:50:11 CEST 2006

Tim Peters wrote:
> Sorry, but it's horridly un-doctest-like to make inferences by magic. 
> If you want to add an explicit ACCEPT_EXCEPTION_SUBCLASS doctest
> option, that's a different story.  I would question the need, since
> I've never got close to needing it, and never heard anyone else bring
> it up.  Is this something that happens to you often enough to be an
> irritation, or is it just that your brain tells you it's a cool idea? 
> One reason I have to ask is that I'm pretty sure the example you gave
> is one that never bit you in real life.

You'd be guessing right - and the explanation of how you meant the term makes 
a lot of sense, too. Consider my crazy idea withdrawn :)

A real limitation I *have* encountered is that doctest doesn't like the idea 
of a single statement that triggers normal output followed by an exception (it 
expects one or the other). However, the case where I wanted that was rather 
esoteric and easy enough to deal with by using a custom result checker.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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