open() and EOFError

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Mon Jul 7 14:19:20 CEST 2014

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at> wrote:
> How do people feel about code like this?
> try:
>     name = input("Enter file name, or Ctrl-D to exit")
>     # On Windows, use Ctrl-Z [enter] instead.
>     fp = open(name)
> except EOFError:
>     sys.exit()
> except IOError:
>     handle_bad_file(name)
> else:
>     handle_good_file(fp)

Just thought of something. It's possible for input() to raise IOError,
if I'm not mistaken; consider redirection, for instance. In that case,
you would definitely want to split the try blocks, so you don't try to
"handle_bad_file" when no name was entered. (As Dave says, name hasn't
been assigned at that point, although I'd be less concerned about a
possible cascaded NameError than about a possible handle_bad_file()
with the previous name, if this is in a loop.)


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