Opened 2 years ago

Closed 20 months ago

#21435 closed Cleanup/optimization (fixed)

Improved error message for reverse v. reverse_lazy

Reported by: elena Owned by: bpeschier
Component: Core (URLs) Version: 1.6
Severity: Normal Keywords: nlsprint14
Cc: eromijn@… Triage Stage: Ready for checkin
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


ImproperlyConfigured: The included urlconf %s doesn't have any patterns in it.

Uninformative foremost as %s is top-level urls (problem usually in included urls).

Caused by using reverse rather than reverse_lazy in some view.

No feedback whatsoever is given as to:

  • that the error is caused in view rather than url
  • which view this might be, or even which app it is in

Context: You get this error starting the developer server. The error is cached (#11712) and fixing it doesn't make the error go away adding to the confusion.
Suggestion: At least more specificity as to where the error lies.

Related tickets:

The above added here:

Appears be reproducible by adding to any view:

from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse
class DetailView(generic.DetailView):
    attr = reverse('anything')

Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed 23 months ago by aaugustin

  • Needs documentation unset
  • Needs tests unset
  • Patch needs improvement unset
  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

Indeed, we could provide an error message hinting at the most likely cause — a circular import.

comment:2 Changed 21 months ago by carljm

  • Component changed from Uncategorized to Core (URLs)
  • Type changed from Uncategorized to Cleanup/optimization

comment:3 Changed 20 months ago by bpeschier

  • Keywords nlsprint14 added
  • Owner changed from nobody to bpeschier
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 20 months ago by bpeschier

Tweaked the error message, PR on

comment:5 Changed 20 months ago by bpeschier

The error is tested in the test suite, so we'll need to update it.

comment:6 Changed 20 months ago by bpeschier

  • Has patch set

Updated the PR.

comment:7 Changed 20 months ago by erikr

  • Cc eromijn@… added
  • Triage Stage changed from Accepted to Ready for checkin

This looks fine to me, and the tests succeed.

comment:8 Changed 20 months ago by Baptiste Mispelon <bmispelon@…>

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

In 173aa5199737c60ab883a0469684e83c01604ce8:

Fixed #21435 -- Improved error message when urlconf is empty.

The new error message now hints that the most likely issue
is a circular import.

Thanks to trac user elena for the report and to
bpeschier for the original patch.

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