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HDFStore.select_column #17912

lafrech opened this Issue Oct 18, 2017 · 3 comments


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lafrech commented Oct 18, 2017

Code Sample, a copy-pastable example if possible

Let's select column from a non-existing dataframe in a HDFStore:

import pandas as pd

store = pd.HDFStore('test.hdf5', mode='w')
store.select_column('dummy', 'index')

Problem description

We get an AttributeError because get_storer returns None:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 4, in <module>
    store.select_column('dummy', 'index')
  File "[...]/site-packages/pandas/io/", line 778, in select_column
    return self.get_storer(key).read_column(column=column, **kwargs)
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'read_column'

Is this intended?

Expected Output

The docstring says:

            raises KeyError if the column is not found (or key is not a valid
            raises ValueError if the column can not be extracted individually (it
                is part of a data block)

Shouldn't I expect a KeyError, then?

It could be just this simple patch:

    - return self.get_storer(key).read_column(column=column, **kwargs)
    + storer = self.get_storer(key)
    + if storer is None:
    +    raise KeyError('{} not in {}'.format(key, self))
    + return storer.read_column(column=column, **kwargs)

or should get_storer raise en exception in the first place?

I'm new to Pandas/PyTables so I don't have the big picture.

From a caller perspective, I could to check first that the dataframe is in the store:

store = pd.HDFStore('test.hdf5', mode='w')
if 'dummy' in store:
    store.select_column('dummy', 'index')

but I'd rather "ask forgiveness not permission",

store = pd.HDFStore('test.hdf5', mode='w')
    store.select_column('dummy', 'index')
except AttributeError:

so I should catch AttributeError but I'm not sure this exception being thrown is a design choice.

I hope I'm being constructive and I don't sound like I'm nitpicking.

Output of pd.show_versions()


commit: None
python-bits: 64
OS: Linux
OS-release: 4.9.0-4-amd64
machine: x86_64
byteorder: little
LC_ALL: None

pandas: 0.20.3
pytest: 3.2.3
pip: 9.0.1
setuptools: 36.6.0
Cython: None
numpy: 1.13.3
scipy: 0.19.1
xarray: None
IPython: None
sphinx: None
patsy: None
dateutil: 2.6.1
pytz: 2017.2
blosc: None
bottleneck: None
tables: 3.4.2
numexpr: 2.6.4
feather: None
matplotlib: None
openpyxl: None
xlrd: None
xlwt: None
xlsxwriter: None
lxml: None
bs4: None
html5lib: 0.999999999
sqlalchemy: None
pymysql: None
psycopg2: None
jinja2: 2.9.6
s3fs: None
pandas_gbq: None
pandas_datareader: None


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chris-b1 commented Oct 18, 2017

Agree this looks buggy, I would probably push the exception down to get_storer and see if any tests break, docstring says it raises. Want to do a PR?

""" return the storer object for a key, raise if not in the file """

@chris-b1 chris-b1 added this to the Next Major Release milestone Oct 18, 2017


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lafrech commented Oct 18, 2017

I might try to give it a shot.

The error in get_storer would be a KeyError, right? Would this be fine?

    def get_storer(self, key):
        """ return the storer object for a key, raise if not in the file """
        group = self.get_node(key)
        if group is None:
-           return None
+           raise KeyError('No {} node in {}'.format(key, self))
        s = self._create_storer(group)
        return s

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CianciuStyles commented Apr 15, 2018

Hello, I've just opened a PR for this bug (#20705). Hope it helps.

@jreback jreback modified the milestones: Next Major Release, 0.23.0 Apr 16, 2018

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