SOAPpy.Types.faultType: Cannot use object of type stdClass as array

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sat Mar 23 16:03:57 CET 2013

On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM, Tamer Higazi <th982a at> wrote:
> Hi Chris!
> thanks.... But I am about of going nuts.... I did everything according
> their sample:

Since I'm not fluent in German, I'm relying on Google Translate to
read of that page. (I didn't find an obvious English version of the
page, but maybe I just didn't look in the right place.)

One thing I've found about the PHP SOAP library is that it seems to
behave quite oddly in some circumstances - my suspicion is the WSDL
file (eg when it's unable to load it). Try monitoring the actual
traffic - SOAP is XML carried over HTTP, so you should be able to just
snoop the TCP/IP socket (easiest way might be to switch in your own
server). See if you can spot a difference between the request that PHP
sends and the one your Python script sends. Fortunately you're not
moving megabytes of data around, here - it should be easy enough to
eyeball the requests and see what's different about them :)

A tip, by the way:

        userpass = ['login','password']
        m = hashlib.sha1()

        userpass[1] = m.hexdigest()
        loginData = {'user':userpass[0],'pass':userpass[1]}


You keep packaging and repackaging the credentials. I'm assuming you
won't actually have them hard-coded like that (if you do, I would
recommend hard-coding the SHA1 hash, rather than the password itself),
so I'll stick with the userpass list (or tuple, which would work
exactly the same way).

password = hashlib.sha1(userpass[1]).hexdigest()

Or even inline that completely (which is what I'd probably do).
There's no need to stuff it into a dictionary, only to pull it out

Also: A try/except that just prints out the error message usually
isn't helpful. Save yourself the trouble, at least during initial
testing - just let the exception terminate your script. You'll get all
the same information, plus the full traceback, and it's cost you
exactly zero development time :) Later on, you can add try/except if
you need to do something other than terminate, but often that "later
on" never even happens.


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