[Numpy-discussion] Inconsistent error messages.

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Sat May 23 15:27:12 CDT 2009

On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Christopher Barker

> Stéfan van der Walt wrote:
> > 2009/5/23 Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris@gmail.com>:
> >> In [9]: fromfile("empty.dat", count=10)
> > Instead of throwing errors in these scenarios, we could just return
> > the elements read and raise a warning?  This is consistent with most
> > other file APIs I know and allows you to read blocks of data until the
> > data runs out.
> This was just discussed a week or two ago (look for messaged by me and
> Robert Kern)
> fromfile needs some attention in general, but I think Robert an I (the
> only two that I know were paying attention to that discussion) agreed
> that there should be an API that says:
> read up to n items from the file
> Robert thought that should be the default, but I think that means
> everyone would be forced to check how many items they got every time
> they read, which is too much code and likely to be forgotten and lead to
> errors. So I think that an exception should be raised if you ask for n
> and get less than n, but that there should be a flag that says something
> like "max_items=n", that indicates that you'll take what you get.
> I don't like a warning -- it's unconventional to catch those like
> exceptions -- if you want n items, and you haven't written code to
> handle less than n, you should get an exception. If you have written
> code to handle that, that you can use the flag.

I don't like the idea of a warning here either. How about adding a keyword
'strict' so that strict=1 means an error is raised if the count isn't
reached, and strict=0 means any count is acceptable?

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