From: _wolf on
this may not be an earth-shattering deficiency of python, but i still
wonder about the rationale behind the following behavior: when i
run ::

source = """
print( 'helo' )
if __name__ == '__main__':
print( 'yeah!' )


print( compile( source, '<whatever>', 'exec' ) )

i get ::

File "<whatever>", line 6
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

i can avoid this exception by (1) deleting the trailing ``#``; (2)
deleting or outcommenting the ``if __name__ == '__main__':\n
print( 'yeah!' )`` lines; (3) add a newline to very end of the

moreover, if i have the source end without a trailing newline right
behind the ``print( 'yeah!' )``, the source will also compile without

i could also reproduce this behavior with python 2.6, so it’s not new
to the 3k series.

i find this error to be highly irritating, all the more since when i
put above source inside a file and execute it directly or have it
imported, no error will occur—which is the expected behavior.

a ``#`` (hash) outside a string literal should always represent the
start of a (possibly empty) comment in a python source; moreover, the
presence or absence of a ``if __name__ == '__main__'`` clause should
not change the interpretation of a soure on a syntactical level.

can anyone reproduce the above problem, and/or comment on the

From: Jerry Hill on
On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM, _wolf <wolfgang.lipp(a)> wrote:
>    File "<whatever>", line 6
>      #
>      ^
>  SyntaxError: invalid syntax

I believe you're encountering this bug:

It's been fixed for 2.7 and 3.2. Until then, you'll need to work
around it. You can either append a newline to the end of any source
snippets that you are exec-ing, or if you're writing the code snippets
that are being exec-ed yourself, don't write them in such a way that
they trigger the bug.