Pylint across Python versions

Ned Batchelder ned at
Mon Feb 10 16:36:50 CET 2014

On 2/10/14 6:39 AM, thomas.lehmann at wrote:
> Hi,
> somebody who can tell me about pylint experiences across
> different Python version.
> Example:
> I'm using a construct like this:
> if sys.version.startswith("3."):
>      unicode = str
> The reason is that Python 3 does not have this
> function anymore but pylint yells for Python < 3
> about redefinition also it does not happen.
> How to get forward with this?
> Regards,
> Thomas

Pylint may have a difficult time understanding what you are doing here. 
  You can use pylint comments to tell it to shut up when you know better.

But also, you might find it easier to use the "six" module from PyPI to 
handle these sorts of differences.  It's easier than doing it ad-hoc 
with your own logic.

Ned Batchelder,

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