# [Tutor] exceptions problem

Francesco Loffredo fal at libero.it
Fri Sep 10 20:23:09 CEST 2010

```On 10/09/2010 18.12, Roelof Wobben wrote:
> ...
>         x = raw_input("Please enter a positive integer :")
>         try:
>               if not (x == int(x) and x<  0): raise(ValueError)
>         except:
>                 print x , "is not a positive integer.    Try again."
>                 return False
>         return True
>
> print y
> while y == False:
> print "You have entered : ", y
>
> But -9 and 2 are both true.
My fault, I didn't notice that after raw_input, whatever you enter is a
STRING, not an integer! So, without any exception thrown, the comparison
x == int(x) is always False. Let's make it better:
if (int(x)<0 or (float(x) - int(x) > 0)): raise(ValueError)

Then, if the input value x is indeed a positive integer, you should
return x, not True or False. Try returning -1 if the exception is
thrown, in line 7, and returning x in line 8. Then, you should change
also line 12... ok, here's to you:

x = raw_input("Please enter a positive integer :")
try:
if (int(x)<0 or (float(x) - int(x) > 0)): raise(ValueError)
except:
print x , "is not a positive integer.    Try again."
return -1
return x

print y
while y == -1:
print "You have entered : ", y

>
> Roelof
Francesco
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