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3.11.1 Types and members

The getmembers() function retrieves the members of an object such as a class or module. The eleven functions whose names begin with ``is'' are mainly provided as convenient choices for the second argument to getmembers(). They also help you determine when you can expect to find the following special attributes:

 
Type  Attribute  Description  Notes 
module __doc__ documentation string  
  __file__ filename (missing for built-in modules)  
class __doc__ documentation string  
  __module__ name of module in which this class was defined  
method __doc__ documentation string  
  __name__ name with which this method was defined  
  im_class class object that asked for this method (1)
  im_func function object containing implementation of method  
  im_self instance to which this method is bound, or None  
function __doc__ documentation string  
  __name__ name with which this function was defined  
  func_code code object containing compiled function bytecode  
  func_defaults tuple of any default values for arguments  
  func_doc (same as __doc__)  
  func_globals global namespace in which this function was defined  
  func_name (same as __name__)  
traceback tb_frame frame object at this level  
  tb_lasti index of last attempted instruction in bytecode  
  tb_lineno current line number in Python source code  
  tb_next next inner traceback object (called by this level)  
frame f_back next outer frame object (this frame's caller)  
  f_builtins built-in namespace seen by this frame  
  f_code code object being executed in this frame  
  f_exc_traceback traceback if raised in this frame, or None  
  f_exc_type exception type if raised in this frame, or None  
  f_exc_value exception value if raised in this frame, or None  
  f_globals global namespace seen by this frame  
  f_lasti index of last attempted instruction in bytecode  
  f_lineno current line number in Python source code  
  f_locals local namespace seen by this frame  
  f_restricted 0 or 1 if frame is in restricted execution mode  
  f_trace tracing function for this frame, or None  
code co_argcount number of arguments (not including * or ** args)  
  co_code string of raw compiled bytecode  
  co_consts tuple of constants used in the bytecode  
  co_filename name of file in which this code object was created  
  co_firstlineno number of first line in Python source code  
  co_flags bitmap: 1=optimized | 2=newlocals | 4=*arg | 8=**arg  
  co_lnotab encoded mapping of line numbers to bytecode indices  
  co_name name with which this code object was defined  
  co_names tuple of names of local variables  
  co_nlocals number of local variables  
  co_stacksize virtual machine stack space required  
  co_varnames tuple of names of arguments and local variables  
builtin __doc__ documentation string  
  __name__ original name of this function or method  
  __self__ instance to which a method is bound, or None  

Note:

(1)
Changed in version 2.2: im_class used to refer to the class that defined the method.
 
getmembers( object[, predicate])
Return all the members of an object in a list of (name, value) pairs sorted by name. If the optional predicate argument is supplied, only members for which the predicate returns a true value are included.
 
getmoduleinfo( path)
Return a tuple of values that describe how Python will interpret the file identified by path if it is a module, or None if it would not be identified as a module. The return tuple is (name, suffix, mode, mtype), where name is the name of the module without the name of any enclosing package, suffix is the trailing part of the file name (which may not be a dot-delimited extension), mode is the open() mode that would be used ('r' or 'rb'), and mtype is an integer giving the type of the module. mtype will have a value which can be compared to the constants defined in the imp module; see the documentation for that module for more information on module types.
 
getmodulename( path)
Return the name of the module named by the file path, without including the names of enclosing packages. This uses the same algortihm as the interpreter uses when searching for modules. If the name cannot be matched according to the interpreter's rules, None is returned.
 
ismodule( object)
Return true if the object is a module.
 
isclass( object)
Return true if the object is a class.
 
ismethod( object)
Return true if the object is a method.
 
isfunction( object)
Return true if the object is a Python function or unnamed (lambda) function.
 
istraceback( object)
Return true if the object is a traceback.
 
isframe( object)
Return true if the object is a frame.
 
iscode( object)
Return true if the object is a code.
 
isbuiltin( object)
Return true if the object is a built-in function.
 
isroutine( object)
Return true if the object is a user-defined or built-in function or method.
 
ismethoddescriptor( object)
Return true if the object is a method descriptor, but not if ismethod() or isclass() or isfunction() are true.

This is new as of Python 2.2, and, for example, is true of int.__add__. An object passing this test has a __get__ attribute but not a __set__ attribute, but beyond that the set of attributes varies. __name__ is usually sensible, and __doc__ often is.

Methods implemented via descriptors that also pass one of the other tests return false from the ismethoddescriptor() test, simply because the other tests promise more - you can, e.g., count on having the im_func attribute (etc) when an object passes ismethod().

 
isdatadescriptor( object)
Return true if the object is a data descriptor.

Data descriptors have both a __get__ and a __set__ attribute. Examples are properties (defined in Python) and getsets and members (defined in C). Typically, data descriptors will also have __name__ and __doc__ attributes (properties, getsets, and members have both of these attributes), but this is not guaranteed. New in version 2.3.

 

  

 

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