'super' object has no attribute '__setitem__'

Discussion in 'Python' started by luvspython, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. luvspython

    luvspython Guest

    I'm using Python 2.7 and the code below fails at the 'super' statement
    in the __setitem__ function in the HistoryKeeper class. The error is:
    'super' object has no attribute '_setitem__'

    Can anyone please tell me why and how to fix it? (I've googled
    endlessly and I don't see the problem.)

    [The code will seem silly as it is, because it's pared down to show
    the example. The goal is that multiple classes, like the Vehicle
    class below, will inherit HistoryKeeper. History keeper overloads
    __setitem__ and will eventually keep a running history every time an
    attribute of any of the inheriting classes is changed.]

    Thanks in advance ....

    class HistoryKeeper(object):
    def __init__(self, args):
    for arg, value in args.items():
    if arg != 'self':
    self.__setitem__(arg, value)

    def __setitem__(self, item, value):
    super(HistoryKeeper, self).__setitem__(item, value)

    class Vehicle(HistoryKeeper):
    def __init__(self, tag, make, model):
    args = locals()
    super(Vehicle, self).__init__(args)

    if __name__ == "__main__":
    car = Vehicle('TAG123', 'FORD', 'Model A')
    print car.make
    luvspython, Aug 19, 2011
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  2. object has no __setitem__. Are you looking for __setattr__?
    This is hideous by the way.
    Benjamin Peterson, Aug 19, 2011
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  3. luvspython

    Eric Snow Guest

    Did you mean to use __setattr__ instead? object, the base class of
    HistoryKeeper, does not have a __setitem__ method, hence the
    AttributeError. super() is a proxy for the next class in the MRO,
    typically the base class of your class.

    Keep in mind that <obj.tag = "TAG123"> is equivalent to
    <obj.__setattr__("tag", "TAG123")>. However, <obj["tag"] = "TAG123">
    is equivalent to <obj.__setitem__("tag", "TAG123")>.



    Eric Snow, Aug 19, 2011
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