grandparent method with super

Martin Manns mmanns at
Thu Apr 5 23:13:06 CEST 2007

On Thu, 5 Apr 2007 16:55:38 -0400
"John Clark" <clajo04 at> wrote:
> >That works, but when I replace A with something else, I do not get
> >the  
> grandparent anymore   
> >without changing all the method calls. Basically, I would like to
> >call the  
> method m in the first   
> >grandparent of D.
> >
> >Martin  
> I think the problem you may run into is with the term "first
> grandparent" - when you look at the method resolution order of the
> class D, you will find that the MRO goes "D, C, B, A"... I think it's
> going to be difficult to figure out where the "first grandparent" is
> in the MRO. 
> For example: 
> class A(object):
> 	def m(self):
> 		pass
> class B(A):
> 	def m(self):
> 		pass
> class C(B):
> 	def m(self):
> 		pass
> class D(A):
> 	def m(self):
> 		pass
> class E(C,D):
> 	def m(self):
> 		firstgrandparent(E,self).m() #Should call B.m
> class F(D,C):
> 	def m(self):
> 		firstgrandparent(F,self).m() # Should call F.m
> The mro for class E is going to be "E,C,B,D,A" where as the mro for
> class F is going to be "F,D,C,B,A".  However, the first grandparent
> for E should be B, where as the first grandparent for F should be A.  
> Because the MRO isn't just a depth first traversal, the term "first
> grandparent" gets tricky to define...  

Not really. The first grandparent would be the first occurrence in the
list from left to right, which satisfies the requirement that its
shortest path to the current class is 2.

The only problem: How do I get it?


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