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Error while multiplying a `SupportsInt` and an int #4758

akaptur opened this Issue Mar 19, 2018 · 3 comments


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akaptur commented Mar 19, 2018

I've got the following code:

from decimal import Decimal
d = Decimal('10')
x = max(d, 0) * 3

Mypy types max(d, 0) as a SupportsInt, which seems correct, but then complains: error: Unsupported operand types for * ("SupportsInt" and "int")

I expect to be able to perform any operation between X and SupportsX if that operation is supported between X and another X.

This is mypy 0.570 and the underlying code is Python 3.6.1. I can reproduce this issue with no flags passed.


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gvanrossum commented Mar 19, 2018

Hi Allison, SupportsInt basically means that an object can be passed to int(). This class does not itself have operator overload behavior like __add__.

It is derived as the return type for max() in your example because it's the common superclass for Decimal and int (the types of the arguments you pass it).

Your best option is probably to use max(d, Decimal(0)) instead.


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msullivan commented Mar 21, 2018

Is there a documentation bug here that we should fix, or should we just close this?


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JukkaL commented Mar 22, 2018

I'll add a note about this to the documentation of SupportsInt.

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