An idiom for code generation with exec

eliben eliben at
Wed Jun 25 19:34:03 CEST 2008

On Jun 23, 6:44 am, eliben <eli... at> wrote:
> Thanks for all the replies in this post. Just to conclude, I want to
> post a piece of code I wrote to encapsulate function creation in this
> way:
> def create_function(code):
>     """ Create and return the function defined in code.
>     """
>     m = re.match('\s*def\s+([a-zA-Z_]\w*)\s*\(', code)
>     if m:
>         func_name =
>     else:
>         return None
>     d = {}
>     exec code.strip() in globals(), d
>     return d[func_name]

Actually this won't work, because globals() returns the scope in which
create_function is defined, not called. So if I want to place
create_function in some utils file, the code it generates won't be
able to use auxiliary functions from the file that uses


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