Opened 13 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

#15644 closed Bug (fixed)

django.core.files.base.File enhancement / fix

Reported by: nickname123 Owned by: nobody
Component: File uploads/storage Version: dev
Severity: Normal Keywords: file
Cc: michael.palumbo87@… Triage Stage: Ready for checkin
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no



I think that django.core.files.base.File should be expanded to handle a wider range of file objects. In my specific case, StringIO/cStringIO and tempfile.SpooledTemporaryFile objects.

Here is a simple demonstration of where the File class breaks:

from tempfile import SpooledTemporaryFile
from django.core.files import File
f = SpooledTemporaryFile(
		max_size    = 1024,# 1kb
		mode        = 'w+b',# must be open in binary mode
		bufsize     = -1,
		suffix      = '',
		prefix      = 'tmp',
		dir         = None
print len(File(f))

Here is the result (on Windows using Python2.6):

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "C:\...\django\core\files\", line 33, in __len__
    return self.size
  File "C:\...\django\core\files\", line 39, in _get_size
    elif os.path.exists(
  File "C:\...\lib\", line 559, in name
AttributeError: 'cStringIO.StringO' object has no attribute 'name'

It should be noted that not only does the current implementation fail, but it breaks in the wrong code block because it doesn't verify that the name attribute is available.

I propose that the file objects seek and tell method be used as an additional fallback before throwing the attribute error as follows:

def _get_size(self):
	if not hasattr(self, '_size'):
		if hasattr(self.file, 'size'):
			self._size = self.file.size
		elif hasattr(self.file, 'name') and os.path.exists(
			self._size = os.path.getsize(
		elif hasattr(self.file, 'tell') and hasattr(self.file, 'seek'):
			pos = self.file.tell(),os.SEEK_END)
			self._size = self.file.tell()
			raise AttributeError("Unable to determine the file's size.")
	return self._size

My proposed patch fixes the problems mentioned above.

Attachments (3)

django.core.files.base.File.diff (911 bytes) - added by nickname123 13 years ago.
15644-2.diff (2.3 KB) - added by Claude Paroz 12 years ago.
Patch with tests
15644-3.diff (3.7 KB) - added by Michael Palumbo <michael.palumbo87@…> 12 years ago.

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Change History (16)

Changed 13 years ago by nickname123


comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by nickname123

Version: 1.2SVN

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by Luke Plant

Type: New feature

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by Luke Plant

Severity: Normal

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by Julien Phalip

Component: UncategorizedFile uploads/storage
Needs documentation: set
Needs tests: set
Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by Jacob

milestone: 1.3

Milestone 1.3 deleted

comment:11 Changed 12 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

UI/UX: unset

Change UI/UX from NULL to False.

comment:12 Changed 12 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

Easy pickings: unset

Change Easy pickings from NULL to False.

Changed 12 years ago by Claude Paroz

Attachment: 15644-2.diff added

Patch with tests

comment:13 Changed 12 years ago by Claude Paroz

Needs documentation: unset
Needs tests: unset
Type: New featureBug

I've reviewed the File documentation (, but didn't find any complement to add related to this fix.

Changed Type to bug because of the error raised by _get_size when the underlying file object has no name (see also #16946 which is a duplicate).

comment:14 Changed 12 years ago by Michael Palumbo <michael.palumbo87@…>

That would be nice to make the File object more file-like object so that we could use the File Storage API with any file-like objects (e.g. with what urllib2.urlopen returns)
Because as for now, this does not work for the main reason said previously (elif os.path.exists(

import urllib2
from django.core.files.base import File
from import FileSystemStorage
url = ''
fs = FileSystemStorage(location='./here/')
f = File(urllib2.urlopen(urllib2.Request(url)))"downloaded_file.html", f)

Is it planned to be changed ? Maybe for django 1.4 ? How can we help ?


Changed 12 years ago by Michael Palumbo <michael.palumbo87@…>

Attachment: 15644-3.diff added

comment:15 Changed 12 years ago by Michael Palumbo <michael.palumbo87@…>

Cc: michael.palumbo87@… added

I added a new patch because the chunks method of the File object did not work with urllib2.urlopen().
Indeed, this method was using the size which is unknown in this case.
I completed claudep's patch.

comment:16 Changed 12 years ago by anonymous

Triage Stage: AcceptedReady for checkin

I think this is good to go.

comment:17 Changed 12 years ago by Claude Paroz

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

In [17871]:

Fixed #15644 -- Improved Django File wrapper to support more file-like objects. Thanks nickname123 and Michael Palumbo for working on the patch.

comment:18 Changed 11 years ago by Collin Anderson

(this was actually a dup of #8501)

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