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Fix NoneType error when fetching a stale ContentType with get_for_id

When a stale ContentType is fetched, the _add_to_cache() function
didn't detect that `model_class()` returns `None` (which it does by
design). However, the `app_label` + `model` fields can be used instead
to as local cache key. Third party apps can detect stale models by
checking whether `model_class()` returns `None`.

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1 parent 96cabba commit 86e761fee88a8bf0499f6795c9a9b336d7c52873 @vdboor vdboor committed
Showing with 11 additions and 2 deletions.
  1. +4 −2 django/contrib/contenttypes/
  2. +7 −0 django/contrib/contenttypes/
6 django/contrib/contenttypes/
@@ -118,11 +118,13 @@ def clear_cache(self):
def _add_to_cache(self, using, ct):
"""Insert a ContentType into the cache."""
- model = ct.model_class()
- key = (model._meta.app_label, model._meta.model_name)
+ # Note it's possible for ContentType objects to be stale; model_class() will return None.
+ # Hence, there is no reliance on model._meta.app_label here, just using the model fields instead.
+ key = (ct.app_label, ct.model)
self.__class__._cache.setdefault(using, {})[key] = ct
self.__class__._cache.setdefault(using, {})[] = ct
class ContentType(models.Model):
name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
7 django/contrib/contenttypes/
@@ -274,3 +274,10 @@ def test_missing_model(self):
model = 'OldModel',
self.assertEqual(six.text_type(ct), 'Old model')
+ self.assertIsNone(ct.model_class())
+ # Make sure stale ContentTypes can be fetched like any other object.
+ # Before Django 1.6 this caused a NoneType error in the caching mechanism.
+ # Instead, just return the ContentType object and let the app detect stale states.
+ ct_fetched = ContentType.objects.get_for_id(
+ self.assertIsNone(ct_fetched.model_class())

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