issue with string.Template
michele.simionato at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 09:04:01 CEST 2005
This is somewhat in between a bug report and a feature request.
I was using the new string.Template class and I have run into a
few issues that I traced back to the usage of the idiom
'%s' % val
in the 'convert' helper function in Template.substitute.
I do not understand why '%s' % val was used instead of just
'%s' % val in unfortunate since it results in the following
surprising (for me) behavior:
>>> from string import Template as T
TypeError: not enough arguments for format string
Is this intended behavior? It is surprising since it is
different from what one would expect from old-fashioned string
>>> "%(obj)s" % dict(obj=("hello",))
>>> "%(obj)s" % dict(obj=())
which is the behaviour I find most useful. Also, I do not like
that different expressions such as
and T("$obj").substitute(obj="hello") give the same output
(this potentially hides type bugs).
So, take this as a bug report if the behavior is not intended and
as a feature request if the current behaviour is the intended
P.S. at the end, the problem is that string interpolation with
positional arguments is somewhat of a hack, but fixing this will
have to wait until Python 3000 ...
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