TypeError Exception in email lib

BJ Swope bigblueswope at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 20:47:32 CET 2010

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Stephen Hansen <apt.shansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM, BJ Swope <bigblueswope at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/email/_parseaddr.py", line 142, in mktime_tz
>>    if data[9] is None:
>> TypeError: 'NoneType' object is unsubscriptable
>> I'm parsing a bunch of spam and using the date field from the spams
>> for a date-time stamp.
>> I've fixed the lib on my box to place the call inside a try/except
>> clause to catch the exception now, but it seems the module has a bug
>> in it.
> While there may or may not be a bug in the library, I don't think its where
> you're fixing. Just because an exception occurs in a function doesn't mean
> that function is broken: its documented as accepting a 10 item tuple, only.
> Functions in the stdlib generally -should- throw exceptions on invalid
> input.
> Someone's passing None into it, which its not allowed to do. So -that's-
> where the bug probably is, I think. (Although it may not be the immediate of
> mktime_tz; it could be happening higher up on the stack)
> Advice: Always post complete tracebacks to c.p.l/python-list :)
> --S

>From the module:

def mktime_tz(data):
    """Turn a 10-tuple as returned by parsedate_tz() into a UTC timestamp."""
    if data[9] is None:
       # No zone info, so localtime is better assumption than GMT
       return time.mktime(data[:8] + (-1,))
        t = time.mktime(data[:8] + (0,))
        return t - data[9] - time.timezone

It appears that the module is trying to accommodate the potential
missing TZ data because poorly written emails are missing the TZ data.

I discarded all the crontab emails that had the full traceback in
them.  I took out the try/except clause in the hopes that I'll get
another exception soon.

If I do I'll post the entire exception traceback.

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