confused about __str__ vs. __repr__

Tino Wildenhain tino at wildenhain.de
Thu Dec 18 15:14:34 CET 2008


Neal Becker wrote:
> Reading some FAQ, I see that __str__ is "meant for human eyes".
> 
> But it seems that:
> class X(object):
>     def __str__(self):
>         return "str"
>     def __repr__(self):
>         return "repr"
> 
> x = X()
> d = {0 : x}
> print d
> {0: repr}
> 
> So if __str__ is "meant for human eyes", then why isn't print using it!

it is:

 > print x
str

but dict just uses repr() for all its childs to print.

T.
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