[Python-Dev] PEP 447 (type.__getdescriptor__)
mark at hotpy.org
Sun Jul 26 14:18:20 CEST 2015
> On 26 July 2015 at 10:41 Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> wrote:
> > On 26 Jul 2015, at 09:14, Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> wrote:
> >> On 25 Jul 2015, at 17:39, Mark Shannon <mark at hotpy.org
> >> <mailto:mark at hotpy.org>> wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> On 22/07/15 09:25, Ronald Oussoren wrote:> Hi,
> >>> Another summer with another EuroPython, which means its time again to
> >>> try to revive PEP 447…
> >> IMO, there are two main issues with the PEP and implementation.
> >> 1. The implementation as outlined in the PEP is infinitely recursive, since
> >> the
> >> lookup of "__getdescriptor__" on type must necessarily call
> >> type.__getdescriptor__.
> >> The implementation (in C) special cases classes that inherit
> >> "__getdescriptor__"
> >> from type. This special casing should be mentioned in the PEP.
> > Sure. An alternative is to slightly change the the PEP: use
> > __getdescriptor__ when
> > present and directly peek into __dict__ when it is not, and then remove the
> > default
> > __getdescriptor__.
> > The reason I didn’t do this in the PEP is that I prefer a programming model
> > where
> > I can explicitly call the default behaviour.
> I’m not sure there is a problem after all (but am willing to use the
> alternative I describe above),
> although that might be because I’m too much focussed on CPython semantics.
> The __getdescriptor__ method is a slot in the type object and because of that
> normal attribute lookup mechanism is side-stepped for methods implemented in
> C. A
> __getdescriptor__ that is implemented on Python is looked up the normal way by
> C function that gets added to the type struct for such methods, but that’s not
> a problem for
> type itself.
> That’s not new for __getdescriptor__ but happens for most other special
> methods as well,
> as I noted in my previous mail, and also happens for the __dict__ lookup
> that’s currently
> used (t.__dict__ is an attribute and should be lookup up using
> __getattribute__, …)
"__getdescriptor__" is fundamentally different from "__getattribute__" in that
is defined in terms of itself.
object.__getattribute__ is defined in terms of type.__getattribute__, but
type.__getattribute__ just does
dictionary lookups. However defining type.__getattribute__ in terms of
__descriptor__ causes a circularity as
__descriptor__ has to be looked up on a type.
So, not only must the cycle be broken by special casing "type", but that
"__getdescriptor__" can be defined
not only by a subclass, but also a metaclass that uses "__getdescriptor__" to
define "__getdescriptor__" on the class.
(and so on for meta-meta classes, etc.)
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