[Python-Dev] Docstrings on builtins
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Mon Jun 4 18:27:37 EDT 2018
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2018-06-04 23:45 GMT+02:00 Chris Barker via Python-Dev <python-dev at python.org>:
> Over on python-ideas, someone is/was proposing literals for timedeltas.
> I don't expect that will come to anything, but it did make me take a look at
> the docstring for datetime.timedelta. I use iPython's ? a lot for a quick
> overview of how to use a class/function.
> This is what I get:
> In : timedelta?
> Init signature: timedelta(self, /, *args, **kwargs)
> Docstring: Difference between two datetime values.
> File: ~/miniconda2/envs/py3/lib/python3.6/datetime.py
> Type: type
> That is, well, not so useful. I'd like to see at least the signature:
> datetime.timedelta(days=0, seconds=0, microseconds=0, milliseconds=0,
> minutes=0, hours=0, weeks=0
> And ideally much of the text in the docs.
> I've noticed similarly minimal docstrings on a number of builtin functions
> and methods.
> If I wanted to contribute a PR to enhance these docstrings, where would they
> go? I've seen mention of "argument clinic", but really don't know quite
> what that is, or how it works, but it appears to be related.
> Anyway -- more comprehensive docstrings on buildins could really help
> Python's usability for command line usage.
> - Chris
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