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spurious deprecation warnings #151

anarcat opened this Issue Oct 18, 2018 · 2 comments


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anarcat commented Oct 18, 2018

recently (since after 5.1.3) the feed2exec test suite started failing because this warning was mangling the output of the script:

/home/anarcat/src/feed2exec/.tox/py36/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ DeprecationWarning: To avoid breaking existing software while fixing issue 310, a temporary mapping has been created from `updated_parsed` to `published_parsed` if `updated_parsed` doesn't exist. This fallback will be removed in a future version of feedparser.

It's unclear to me how to disable this warning. Any access of the property will trigger the warning. I believe the should be a way to behave properly for the library consumers and disable the warning, for example by having a default value for the get parameter. I have tried that, without any luck:

--- c/feed2exec/
+++ i/feed2exec/
@@ -97,7 +97,7 @@ def make_message(feed, item, to_addr=None, cls=email.message.Message):
     # also, default on the feed updated date
     orig = timestamp = datetime.datetime.utcnow().timestamp()
-    timestamp = item.get('updated_parsed') or orig
+    timestamp = item.get('updated_parsed', item.get('published_parsed', orig))
     if isinstance(timestamp, (datetime.datetime,

I have reverted to silencing the warnings altogether, which seems suboptimal. It would be better if there was a way to comply with the deprecation warning correctly without having to disable warnings.



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mgedmin commented Nov 3, 2018

@anarcat your code is still accessing updated_parsed even when published_parsed exists. I think you want this instead:

    timestamp = item.get('published_parsed') or orig

or, if you intend to keep feed2exec compatible with older feedparser versions that do not provide published_parsed, you could do

    timestamp = item.get('published_parsed') or item.get('updated_parsed') or orig

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anarcat commented Nov 3, 2018

but that would prioritize published_parsed over updated_parsed which is not what i want. it would also still yield warnings if published_parsed is missing or empty.

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