confused about __str__ vs. __repr__

Mikael Olofsson mikael at
Thu Dec 18 17:05:32 CET 2008

Diez B. Roggisch wrote:
> Yep. And it's easy enough if you don't care about them being different..
> def __repr__(self):
>     return str(self)

If I ever wanted __str__ and __repr__ to return the same thing, I would 
make them equal:

def __str__(self):
     return 'whatever you want'
__repr__ = __str__

That makes it more obvious to me what's going on. As a bonus, it saves 
one method call for every repr call.


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