[Python-Dev] importance of dir

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Wed Sep 11 16:04:17 CEST 2013

> Note:  Because dir() is supplied primarily as a convenience for
>  use at an interactive prompt [...]

I suspect this comment is out of date, as there are two functions in the inspect module that rely on dir(), which also 
means that help indirectly relies on dir().  And we also now have the __dir__ method that we can use to customize what 
gets returned.

> [...] more than it tries to supply a rigorously or consistently
> defined set of names, [...]

If this is still true, should inspect be relying on dir()?


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