InstanceType tests in Python-3.0

Carl Banks pavlovevidence at
Thu Feb 14 23:58:07 CET 2008

On Feb 14, 10:26 am, Robin Becker <ro... at> wrote:
> I'm in the process of porting some code. I have 2.x code that looks like this
> t = type(e)
> if t==InstanceType:
>     return f0(e)
> elif t in (float,int):
>     return f1(e)
> else:
>     return str(e)
> In python 3.0 everything has been unified and people say use attributes to tell
> what should be done in such a branch. However, this is the real world and this
> code is fairly complex. Originally we had a distinction between user defined
> class instances and those of the builtins like float, int, str etc etc. Is there
> any way for me to tell if an object is an instance of a used defined class which
> can then be tested further perhaps?

Here's something that'll work kind of sometimes.

def is_probably_user_defined_class(cls):
        modname = cls.__module__
    except AttributeError:
        return False
        mod = sys.modules[modname]
    except KeyError:
        return False
        filename = mod.__file__
    except AttributeError:
        return False
    return filename.endswith('.pyc')

Carl Banks

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