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PEP 257 docstring style checker

pep275 is a static analysis tool for checking compliance with Python PEP 257: http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0257/.

The framework for checking docstring style is flexible, and custom checks can be easily added, for example to cover NumPy docstring conventions: https://github.com/numpy/numpy/blob/master/doc/HOWTO_DOCUMENT.rst.txt.

Adding new checks is described in docstring of pep257.py file.

Installation

Use pip or easy_install:

pip install pep257

Alternatively, you can use pep257.py source file directly--it is self-contained.

pep257 is tested with Python 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2.

Example

$ pep257 --help
Usage: pep257 [options]

Options:
  -h, --help     show this help message and exit
  -e, --explain  show explanation of each error
  -r, --range    show error start..end positions
  -q, --quote    quote erroneous lines

$ pep257 *.py
docopt.py:1:0: PEP257 Modules should have docstrings.
docopt.py:14:4: PEP257 Class docstring should have 1 blank line around them.
docopt.py:27:0: PEP257 Exported classes should have docstrings.
docopt.py:43:4: PEP257 Exported definitions should have docstrings.
...

$ pep257 *.py --explain
docopt.py:1:0: PEP257 Modules should have docstrings.
PEP257 Modules should have docstrings.

    All modules should normally have docstrings.

docopt.py:14:4: PEP257 Class docstring should have 1 blank line around them.
PEP257 Class docstring should have 1 blank line around them.

    Insert a blank line before and after all docstrings (one-line or
    multi-line) that document a class -- generally speaking, the class's
    methods are separated from each other by a single blank line, and the
    docstring needs to be offset from the first method by a blank line;
    for symmetry, put a blank line between the class header and the
    docstring.

...

$ pep257 --quote *.py
docopt.py:1:0: PEP257 Modules should have docstrings.
    import sys
    import re


    # Python 3 Compatibility
    try:
        basestring
    except NameError:
docopt.py:14:4: PEP257 Class docstring should have 1 blank line around them.
    """Error in construction of usage-message."""
docopt.py:27:0: PEP257 Exported classes should have docstrings.
    class Pattern(object):
docopt.py:43:4: PEP257 Exported definitions should have docstrings.
    def flat(self):
...

Python API

pep257 Python API is useful when you want to include PEP 257 checks into your test-suite.

>>> import pep257
>>> pep257.check_files(['one.py', 'two.py'])
['one.py:23:1 PEP257 Use u\"\"\" for Unicode docstrings.']

A pytest-style test can look like this:

import pep257

test_pep257():
    errors = pep257.check_files(['one.py', 'two.py'])
    assert len(errors) == 0
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