bug? context managers vs ImportErrors

Christian Heimes lists at cheimes.de
Thu Aug 19 21:50:24 CEST 2010

> Why is 'e' ending up as a string rather than the ImportError object?
> This is with Python 2.6.5 if that makes a difference...

It's a known bug in Python 2.6 and earlier. See

Due to a bug in Python 2.6, the exc_value parameter to __exit__()
methods was often the string representation of the exception, not an
instance. This was fixed in 2.7, so exc_value will be an instance as
expected. (Fixed by Florent Xicluna; issue 7853.)

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