[Python-ideas] Retry clause (was: Extending error handling on with statements.)

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 07:33:47 CEST 2011

On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 5:15 AM, Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:33:52 +0100
> Jakob Bowyer <jkbbwr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I personally love using with statements when handling file like objects.
>> This is all well and good until an exception is thrown from the with
>> statement. This is ok if you expect the exception because you can use try
>> and except but personally I feel that another condition to with would feel
>> more 'pythonic' this means that you could fail the with statement with an
>> exception jump to the clause, then jump back to the with statement trying
>> the code in the clause e.g. rather than
> The idea of exception handlers "jumping back" is actually good enough
> to have been implemented in one language (eiffel), but sufficiently
> different from what "except" does that I think it calls for new
> syntax.
> How about a "retry" clause for try statements? I think it runs into
> the same problems as an "except" clause when it comes to adding it to
> the with clause, so lets skip that for now.
> retry ...: as part of a try clause would work just like an except
> clause: if the exception was one of those listed after retry, then
> you'd enter the block following the retry, otherwise you skip it. If
> the retry block raises an exception or hits "return" or "yield", it
> behaves just like an except block. If the retry block executes it's
> last statement, it then branches back to the first statement of the
> "try" block.
> This would let you write something like:
> i = 0
> try:
>    with open("tmpname.%d" % i, 'r') as inp:
>     ....
> retry IOError:
>   if IOError.errno != ENOENT:
>      raise
>   i += 1
>   if i > 100:
>      raise
> To search for a file.

I think 'retry' would be clearer if it is used as a command on its
own, like return, break or continue, but then only within an except
block. Your code above could then go:

except IOError:
    if IOError.errno != ENOENT:
    i += 1
    if i <= 100:

André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com

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