#19257 closed Bug (fixed)

KeyError swallowed while loading command classes

Reported by: giovannibajo Owned by: nobody
Component: Core (Management commands) Version: 1.4
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: giovannibajo Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: yes UI/UX: no


The code in swallows all KeyErrors generated while loading a command class, and turns them into a "command unknown" error message.

The Test command for instance executes user's code while loading the command class (see django.test.simple, line 36), so any kind of KeyError in user code while running tests gets swallowed and turned into a "unknown command test", which baffles the user.

I don't know whether it's a bug in call_command() (should check for KeyErrors only while looking up a command in the command dictionaries) or in the test framework (shouldn't let user exceptions slip out of

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comment:1 Changed 18 months ago by giovannibajo

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comment:2 Changed 18 months ago by claudep

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I think you are right and that the except KeyError clause should only catch for get_commands()[name].

comment:3 Changed 18 months ago by Claude Paroz <claude@…>

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

In 9a09558e9f20e088b4526fff6374a53e877cf5ec:

Fixed #19257 -- Don't swallow command's KeyError in call_command

Thanks Giovanni Bajo for the report.

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