How do you make issubclass work

Nathan Bullock nathan_kent_bullock at
Sat Sep 11 20:56:43 CEST 2004

I think my first post was a little unclear. I will try again.

I have two files, the first is this:

from a import cla_a

class cla_b(cla_a): pass

class cla_a(object): pass

class cla_c(cla_a): pass

if __name__ == "__main__":
	import b as mod
	print issubclass(mod.cla_b, cla_a)
	print issubclass(mod.cla_b, mod.cla_a)
	print issubclass(cla_c, cla_a)
	print mod.cla_a is cla_a

Results of 'python'



This is using python 2.3.3. Is this a bug? Why do we have two
different cla_a's which are not the same? And do to this problem how
in the world do I determine if a cla_b is a subclass of cla_a?
Obviously they are, but issubclass doesn't realize it because the
cla_a that I am testing with is not the same instance of cla_a as
cla_b was derived from.

> [As modules are cached, subsequent imports of the same module yield the same
> module instance. Therefore the same classes (cla_a is cla_a == True) are
> seen by all parts of a program and it (normally) doesn't matter in what
> module a class is defined.]
> Peter

Now I take it from this answer from Peter, that if I did the test in a
third file so that I was using an imported instance of cla_a that
issubclass would then work properly.


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