Messages from code analysis tools

Ned Batchelder ned at
Mon Nov 17 02:49:58 CET 2014

On 11/16/14 8:21 PM, Ben Finney wrote:
> Ned Batchelder <ned at> writes:
>> Pylint isn't useful until you've tailored the messages.
> Definitely agreed.
>> The pylint message that always irked me was:
>>      W0142: Used * or ** magic
>> "magic"? They're features of the language!
> It's a warning, because the use of that feature clobbers the static code
> inspection you've asked for. PyLint is warning you “because the code
> uses this feature, I can't say anything about undefined names”.

That's the best explanation I've heard for why they warn about it.  I 
wish they would find a more sophisticated word than "magic".

Ned Batchelder,

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