[Python-Dev] global statements outside functions/methods should raise SyntaxError

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Sun Nov 15 21:31:39 CET 2009

Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> 2009/11/15 Michael Foord <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk>:
>> Well, personally I think it would be a good thing if this raised an
>> exception during bytecode compilation - but it would fall under the
>> moratorium and have to wait a few years.
> It could probably be considered a bug, though, since the global
> statement in that case silently has absolutely no effect.
It wouldn't be adding a new feature, but it would be changing the
behaviour of programs that currently have 'global' outside a function.

Perhaps, due to the moratorium, there should be a warning before it's
actually corrected.

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