[Python-Dev] Issue #21205: add __qualname__ to generators

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 16:28:53 CEST 2014


I'm working on asyncio and it's difficult to debug code because
@asyncio.coroutine decorator removes the name of the function if the
function is not a generator (if it doesn't use yield from).

I propose to add new gi_name and gi_qualname fields to the C structure
PyGenObject, add a new __qualname__ (= gi_qualname) attribute to the
Python API of generator, and change how the default value of __name__
(= gi_name) of generators.

Instead of getting the name from the code object, I propose to get the
name from the function (if the generator was created from a function).
So if the function name was modified, you get the new name instead of
getting the name from the code object (as done in Python 3.4).

I also propose to display the qualified name in repr(generator)
instead of the name.

All these changes should make my life easier to debug asyncio, but it
should help any project using generators.

Issues describing the problem, I attached a patch implementing my ideas:

Would you be ok with these (minor) incompatible changes?

By the way, it looks like generator attributes were never documented
:-( My patch also adds a basic documentation (at least, it lists all
attributes in the documentation of the inspect module).


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