Python 2.6: Determining if a method is inherited

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Mon Oct 6 00:54:10 CEST 2008

Fuzzyman wrote:
> Hello all,
> I may well be being dumb (it has happened before), but I'm struggling
> to fix some code breakage with Python 2.6.
> I have some code that looks for the '__lt__' method on a class:
> if hasattr(clr, '__lt__'):
> However - in Python 2.6 object has grown a default implementation of
> '__lt__', so this test always returns True.
>>>> class X(object): pass
> ...
>>>> X.__lt__
> <method-wrapper '__lt__' of type object at 0xa15cf0>
>>>> X.__lt__ == object.__lt__
> False

In 3.0, the test returns true because function attributes only get 
wrapped when bound.  In the meanwhile, " 'object' in repr(X.__lt__)" 
should do it for you.


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