exception problem

Dave Angel d at davea.name
Mon Jun 25 03:02:29 CEST 2012

On 06/24/2012 07:16 PM, Charles Hixson wrote:
> On 06/24/2012 03:43 PM, MRAB wrote:
>> On 24/06/2012 23:26, Charles Hixson wrote:
>>> <SNIP>
>> Don't use a bare "except"; it'll catch _any__exception. Catch only what
>> you expect.
>> For all I know, it could be that the name "l" doesn't exist.
> But what I wanted was to catch any exception.  A problem was happening
> and I had no clue as to what it was.  (It turned out to be "self is
> not defined".  A silly mistake, but a real one.)

If you don't get anything else out of this thread, get this point.  A
bare except is exactly the opposite of what you want to debug an
exception.  It swallows all the information that python would have
displayed for you.

Four or five of us have made the same point, so please listen.



More information about the Python-list mailing list