Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 9 months ago

#26565 new New feature

Allow Prefetch query to use .values()

Reported by: Maxime Lorant Owned by: nobody
Component: Database layer (models, ORM) Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords: prefetch, values
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


I came across a use case that does not seems to be possible using the Django ORM on Django 1.9.

Let's says I want to get all objects from a Order model and prefetch for each order all pay lines, grouped per code, to get a list similar to: [{'code': 'A', 'number': 3, 'amount': 1000}, {'code': 'B', 'number': 1, 'amount': 5000}] if the order has four PayRollLine associated, with 3 where code=A and 1 where code=B.

# Query that will be used inside the `Prefetch` object later
# Let's assume quantity and unit_amount can't be null in the query 
# to avoid extra Coalesce...
prefetch_qs = (
            Sum(F('quantity')), output_field=DecimalField()
            Sum(F('unit_amount') * F('quantity')), output_field=DecimalField()
        Prefetch('pay_lines', queryset=prefetch_qs, to_attr='pay_lines_grouped')

The first query works fine alone, outside the prefetch object. But, when executing the second query, Django raises an exception:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 234, in __repr__
        data = list(self[:REPR_OUTPUT_SIZE + 1])
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 258, in __iter__
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 1076, in _fetch_all
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 656, in _prefetch_related_objects
        prefetch_related_objects(self._result_cache, self._prefetch_related_lookups)
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 1457, in prefetch_related_objects
        obj_list, additional_lookups = prefetch_one_level(obj_list, prefetcher, lookup, level)
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 1556, in prefetch_one_level
        prefetcher.get_prefetch_queryset(instances, lookup.get_current_queryset(level)))
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/fields/", line 544, in get_prefetch_queryset
        instance = instances_dict[rel_obj_attr(rel_obj)]
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/fields/", line 597, in get_local_related_value
        return self.get_instance_value_for_fields(instance, self.local_related_fields)
      File "/data/.virtualenvs/ORFEO/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/fields/", line 605, in get_instance_value_for_fields
        opts = instance._meta
    AttributeError: 'dict' object has no attribute '_meta'

Looks like Django can't work with dict in prefetch_related... On IRC, someone point me to [this PR]( that could resolve my problem but I think it should be verified with unit tests.

Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette

Summary: Allow Prefetch query to returns aggregationsAllow Prefetch query to use .values()
Version: 1.9master

I doubt this is related to the linked PR or aggregation. I believe Prefetch.queryset cannot be used with values() queryset.

Please confirm you get a similar crash with the following queryset:

queryset = PayrollLine.objects.values('code')
    Prefetch('pay_lines', queryset=queryset, to_attr='pay_lines_values')

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by Maxime Lorant

Yes, same error & traceback using PayrollLine.objects.values('code') only.

The error seems obvious: the prefetch mechanism tries to access to attributes for some reason, but it got a dict from the query, not model instances...

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette

Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

I'm not sure if this should be considered a New Feature or a Bug.

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by Anssi Kääriäinen

I'd say there is a bug and a new feature. We should error nicely on values queries, and of course, ability to prefetch values queries would be a nice feature for aggregations specifically.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette

Has patch: set

Submitted a PR for the bug part. This should be converted to a feature request once it's merged.

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette <charettes@…>

In 7ec330e:

Refs #26565 -- Errored nicely when using Prefetch with a values() queryset.

Thanks Maxime Lorant for the report and Anssi for the suggestion.

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette

Type: BugNew feature

comment:8 Changed 2 years ago by Simon Charette

Has patch: unset

comment:9 Changed 21 months ago by Gwildor Sok

Just to add, it would be great if not only .values() would be supported, but also .values_list(flat=True).

comment:10 Changed 9 months ago by Alexander Schepanovski

Anyone on this? Would be great to have.

comment:11 Changed 9 months ago by Simon Charette

No one has claimed it yet Alexander, feel free to propose a patch!

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