Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#19413 closed Bug (invalid)

[model].__str__() disagrees with __unicode__() using python3 / django1.5b1

Reported by: xanthraxoid@… Owned by: nobody
Component: Python 3 Version: 1.5-beta-1
Severity: Normal Keywords: str unicode admin
Cc: Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


I created a few models, providing each with a unicode() method as described at [1] and in the admin area, when I look at a list of such objects, each is listed as [Class Name] object rather than the text representation defined in my unicode() methods.

I used python2.7 and got the expected results, I also defined str() to return self.unicode() and again got the expected results.

I assume this is something to do with python3's handling of unicode/byte-strings, but it seems to me that one of the following three is needed:

1) the str() function should continue to return the same text representation as the unicode() method unless overridden
2)the admin should use unicode() in place of str() - along with any other part of django
3) the docs should be updated to make it clear what I should do in this situation (I'll stick with defining str() to return the same as unicode() for now, but I'd rather not have to, DRY and all that...


NB eveywhere you see unicode(), the bug tracker software has helpfully converted my double underlines before and after the function name into underlining the function name - sorry!

Cheers & God bless

Sam "SammyTheSnake" Penny

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

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The tutorial is currently written for Python 2 only. The differences between Python 2 and 3 aren't the first thing a beginner should be exposed to, and it's still too early for a Python 3-only tutorial.

If you're targeting Pyhon 3 only, define __str__. There's no such thing as __unicode__ methods in Python 3.

If you're targeting Python 2 and 3, look at the Python 3 docs and specifically the @python_2_unicode_compatible decorator.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by thisgenericname@…

I'm learning both Python (3.2) and Django (1.5b2) myself, but I've seem some possibly inconsistent behavior here myself:

If I only define unicode, the list of items in the admin interface will show the default ("Foo object") name, but when editing the object itself the breadcrumb trail will display "Home › FooApp › Foo › Test 222, Test".

If I define just str, or define both methods, the admin interface always shows the correct result.

This suggests to me that something might be a little off under the hood. Furthermore, the tutorial cited in [1] specifically has a sidebar for "Why unicode and not str", so there's already a place to mention Python 3 vs Python 2 semantics if necessary.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

__unicode__ is a Python 2-only construct. Everything works correctly under Python 3 when you define __str__. That's the expected result and I'm positive that the code is fine under the hood

The differences between Python 2 and 3 don't stop there. I decided against covering both versions in the tutorial, because there's just too much to explain. At this stage, if you're beginning with Python and following Django's tutorial, I strongly recommend using Python 2.

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