Getting a list of an object's methods?

Freddie oinkfreddie at oinkmadcowdisease.oinkorg
Mon Jun 23 23:50:11 CEST 2003

Jeremy Yallop <jeremy at> wrote in
news:bd7qdu$pkgc5$2 at 

> Alexander Schmolck wrote:
>> The premises are right, but they don't entail the conclusion. `dir`s
>> behavior is not guaranteed to be stable, but `inspect.getmembers`'s
>> obviously is [1]. 
> [further logic and "obvious" things snuipped]
> All very well, but inspect.getmembers is implemented using dir() /now/, 
> and doesn't return all of the methods in the /currently-existing/ 
> versions of Python that the OP wants to use.  It isn't an appropriate
> solution, unfortunately.
>> I don't think "What methods does this object have?" is a question
>> that only a python wizard should be able to ask and receive a
>> well-defined answer.
> Well, that's certainly true.
> Jeremy.

The dir(self.__class__) works OK for me, since they're all wacky custom 
classes. I would still like to know why, in Python 2.1, none of the methods 
show up for when using dir() (or __dict__) on an instance of the class. It's 
really quite odd :)

>>> len(dir(blah)), len(dir(blah.__dict__))
(24, 24)
>>> len(dir(blah.__class__)), len(dir(blah.__class__.__dict__))
(49, 49)

Thanks to the various people who helped me out again :)

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