With class as contextmanager

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Tue Jan 24 17:35:08 EST 2017

On 01/24/2017 01:31 PM, This Wiederkehr wrote:

> having a class definition:
> class Test():
> @classmethod
> def __enter__(cls):
>      pass
> @classmethod
> def __exit__(cls, exception_type, execption_value, callback):
>      pass
> now using this as a contextmanager does not work, even though Test is an
> object and has the two required methods __enter__ and __exit__.

It is not working because you are trying to use the class itself, and not it's instances, as a context manager (which also means you don't need classmethod):


   with Test:


   with Test():

> I am asking because I'd like to implement the clean up behaviour for
> multiple instances directly into the class:
> with Test:
>     testinstance1 = Test()
>     testinstance2 = Test()
> # on context exit Test.__exit__ should take care on cleaning up
> testinstance1 and testinstance2.

You might be able to make this work with a custom type (aka using a custom metaclass) -- but that could be a bunch of work.


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