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quotation mark at start or end of docstring #166

jayvdb opened this Issue Dec 13, 2015 · 4 comments


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jayvdb commented Dec 13, 2015

The new D403 (#165) triggers an error when an extra quotation mark is in the docstring, such as """"..."""

If the docstring has an extra quotation mark at the end ( """..."""") it will trigger D400, only if it is a one-line docstring.

The following does not generate a pep257 error:

def blah():

    Extra line.

I think it would be useful to have a separate error code for either of those, as they are a specific case that is more of an error than a style issue, and there is less chance that the new code would be included in an ignore list.

I've found (and fixed) these quad-quotes in many projects that have large development teams and quality code review, even in cpython. And I am guilty of adding one. They slip through because they are hard to spot, by the coder and by reviewers; over-quotation-blindness or something.

fwiw, there is also a pep8 PR which will catch these, but again it is an indirect error rather than a specific check.

@Nurdok Nurdok modified the milestone: pydocstyle 1.1.0 Apr 23, 2016

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varunagrawal commented Oct 17, 2016

So something strange:

When I have a test file with the following content,

"""A file which is a module."""

def func():

    This is a sample docstring

def func1():
    """"Oh yeah."""

def func2():

I get the following errors: in public function `func`:
        D400: First line should end with a period (not '"') in public function `func`:
        D205: 1 blank line required between summary line and description (found 0)

This is inconsistent with what @jayvdb mentioned above. Am I missing something?


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jayvdb commented Nov 3, 2016

@varunagrawal , your results are not inconsistent, but rather you have shown one way that is possible to trigger other rules to return errors.

Specifically, only line 4 in your example is returning errors, whereas the docstring for func1 and func2 are not returning errors.


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Nurdok commented Dec 3, 2016

@jayvdb @varunagrawal I don't really get how you can have an extra closing quote. It causes a syntax error:

$ python
  File "", line 22
    """Extra quote on the right.""""
SyntaxError: EOL while scanning string literal

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varunagrawal commented Oct 10, 2017

Can we close this?

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