subclass urllib2

Alex Willmer alex at
Mon Feb 28 17:40:25 EST 2011

On Feb 28, 6:53 pm, monkeys paw <mon... at> wrote:
> I'm trying to subclass urllib2 in order to mask the
> version attribute. Here's what i'm using:
> import urllib2
> class myURL(urllib2):
>      def __init__(self):
>          urllib2.__init__(self)
>          self.version = 'firefox'
> I get this>
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>    File "<interactive input>", line 1, in <module>
> TypeError: Error when calling the metaclass bases
> module.__init__() takes at most 2 arguments (3 given)
> I don't see where i am supplying 3 arguments. What am i
> missing?

urllib2 is a module, not a class, so you can't subclass it. You could
subclass one of the classes inside urllib2, such as
urllib2.BaseHandler. Whether you want to depends on what your want to

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