Opened 4 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#18389 closed Bug (fixed)

Field type attributes not permitted on models

Reported by: john.arnfield@… Owned by: drtyrsa
Component: Database layer (models, ORM) Version: 1.4
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


I have a situation where I need to reference a django model-field type in my models, something that would look like the following:

from django.db import models
class MyModel(models.Model):
  referenced_field = models.CharField
  # ... field declarations here

The omission of parenthesis on the CharField is intentional. I do not want to create a field on this model, I simply need to reference a field type that this model is associated with.

Unfortunately this causes a type error:

TypeError: Error when calling the metaclass bases
    unbound method contribute_to_class() must be called with AutoField instance as first argument (got ModelBase instance instead)

This is down to ModelBase.add_to_class being overly naive in the way it calls contribute_to_class (it uses hasattr to check for things that define contribute_to_class, but doesn't care if they're types or objects).

One solution to this problem would be to change the class attribute in to a classmethod, but the problem seems a little unnecessary and feels like it should be cleaned up regardless. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what the ideal solution would be for this case, else I'd already have submit a patch.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by anonymous

  • Needs documentation unset
  • Needs tests unset
  • Patch needs improvement unset
  • Type changed from Uncategorized to Bug

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by anonymous

Maybe the resolution here is that anything with contribute_to_class will be tried for add to class. This could be solved if the contribute_to_class method must be a bound method by checking for value.contribute_to_class.__self__ is not None.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by aaugustin

  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by drtyrsa

  • Has patch set
  • Owner changed from nobody to drtyrsa
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Here is pull request:

I don't check that the method is bound, I check that the object that has this attribute is an instance, not a class, I think it's more tranparent and has this case covered.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In 1be03aff5c24e902b89503dda32891aa4881579e:

Fixed #18389 -- Fixed the way contribute_to_class is called

Now this method is only called only if the object is an instance.
This allows to have field classes as model class attributes.

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