Functions that raise exceptions.

Alex G alexander.girman at
Wed Jun 25 21:43:20 CEST 2008

Does anyone know how I would go about conditionally raising an
exception in a decorator (or any returned function for that matter)?
For example:

def decorator(arg):
    def raise_exception(fn):
        raise Exception
    return raise_exception

class some_class(object):
    def some_method(self)
        print "An exception should be raised when I'm called, but not
when I'm defined"

The intent of the above code is that an exception should be raised if
some_method is ever called.  It seems, however, since the decorator
function is executed on import, the raise statement is executed, and I
the exception gets thrown whenever the module is imported, rather than
when the method is called.  Does anyone have a clue how I might go
about doing this?

Thank you in advance,


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