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Decorator preserve signature #136



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We've been using your caching framework for some time now and we've discovered an issue where the decorators @cache_on_arguments (and @cache_multi_on_arguments) don't preserve the signatures of the decorated functions. An example:

In [1]: from dogpile.cache import make_region

In [2]: region = make_region().configure(
   ...:     'dogpile.cache.memory'
   ...: )

In [3]: import inspect

In [4]: def func(a, b, c=True, *args, **kwargs):
   ...:     return None

In [5]: inspect.getargspec(func)
Out[5]: ArgSpec(args=['a', 'b', 'c'], varargs='args', keywords='kwargs', defaults=(True,))

In [6]: cached_func = region.cache_on_arguments()(func)

In [7]: inspect.getargspec(cached_func)
Out[7]: ArgSpec(args=[], varargs='arg', keywords='kw', defaults=None)

To remedy this, I'm submitting a PR that uses the decorator module to preserve the signature of functions decorated by cache_on_arguments.

I've also added tests to check this behavior.

I wasn't sure where to put a new dependency, so I put it in under install_requires. Let me know if there's a better place for it


@@ -58,6 +58,7 @@ def run_tests(self):
dogpile.cache = dogpile.cache.plugins.mako_cache:MakoPlugin
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would rather remove the <5 here, I wouldn't worry that some major breaking change is coming in decorator 5

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zzzeek commented Dec 3, 2018

issue created at #137

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zzzeek commented Dec 3, 2018

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@zzzeek zzzeek closed this Dec 3, 2018
sqlalchemy-bot pushed a commit that referenced this pull request Dec 8, 2018
The ``decorator`` module is now used when creating function decorators
within :meth:`.CacheRegion.cache_on_arguments` and
:meth:`.CacheRegion.cache_multi_on_arguments` so that function signatures
are preserved.  Pull request courtesy ankitpatel96.

Additionally adds a small performance enhancement which is to avoid
internally creating a ``@wraps()`` decorator for the creator function on
every get operation, by allowing the arguments to the creator be passed
separately to :meth:`.CacheRegion.get_or_create`.

Co-authored-by: Mike Bayer <>
Fixes: #137
Change-Id: Id1008da596445770cfbf19402d38169aa60678b0
Pull-request: #136
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