Opened 21 months ago
Closed 10 months ago
#24551 closed defect (fixed)
py3: defining __eq__ breaks inheritance of __hash__
Reported by:  chapoton  Owned by:  

Priority:  major  Milestone:  sage8.5 
Component:  python3  Keywords:  
Cc:  jdemeyer, tscrim, fbissey, embray, vklein, zerline  Merged in:  
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Description (last modified by )
This is potentially a largescale problem, as can be seen using
grep L "def __hash__" $(git grep l "def __eq__" )
TODO LIST (extracted from errors on sage/python3 testsuite):
Ticket  Module  Notes 

#25935  AbelianGroupWithValues_class_with_category  group 
#25935  AbelianGroup_class_with_category  group 
#26162  AlternatingGroup_with_category  group 
#26058  BruhatTitsHarmonicCocycles_with_category  
#26145  CartesianProduct_with_category.element_class  product 
#25940  ChainComplex_class_with_category  
#25935  ClassGroup_with_category  group 
#26192  CompositeConstructionFunctor  functor 
#26061  CrystalOfAlcovePaths_with_category.element_class  
#26087  CycleIndexSeriesRing_class_with_category  
#26162  CyclicPermutationGroup_with_category  group 
#26162  DiCyclicGroup_with_category  group 
#26162  DihedralGroup_with_category  group 
#26088  EisensteinExtensionFieldCappedRelative_with_category  
#26088  EisensteinExtensionRingCappedAbsolute_with_category  
#26088  EisensteinExtensionRingCappedRelative_with_category  
#26088  EisensteinExtensionRingFixedMod_with_category  
#26179  FiniteWord_list  
#26179  FiniteWord_str  
#26179  FiniteWord_tuple  
#26167  Gamma0_class_with_category  group 
#26167  Gamma1_class_with_category  group 
#26167  GammaH_class_with_category  group 
#26167  Gamma_class_with_category  group 
#26063  HammingCode_with_category  
#25946  HyperellipticCurve_g2_padic_field_with_category  
#25946  HyperellipticCurve_g2_rational_field_with_category  
#25946  HyperellipticCurve_padic_field_with_category  
#25946  HyperellipticCurve_rational_field_with_category  
#26094  IdealMonoid_c_with_category  ideal, maybe fixed in #26094 
#26192  InfinitePolynomialFunctor  functor 
#26162  KleinFourGroup_with_category  group 
#26162  MathieuGroup_with_category  group 
#26093  ModularSymbolsAmbient_wtk_eps_with_category  
#26145  MultivariateProduct_with_category.element_class  product 
#26094  NCPolynomialIdeal  ideal 
#26162  PGL_with_category  group 
#26162  PSL_with_category  group 
#26158  Partitions_with_constraints_with_category  
#26165  PolynomialQuotientRing_domain_with_category  
#26165  PolynomialQuotientRing_field_with_category  
#26165  PolynomialQuotientRing_generic_with_category  
PrimitiveGroup_with_category  fixed somewhere in 8.4.b4  
#26163  QuaternionFractionalIdeal_rational  ideal 
#26162  QuaternionGroup_with_category  group 
#26167  SL2Z_class_with_category  group 
#26062  ShiftedPrimedTableaux_shape_with_category.element_class  
SimplicialSetMorphism  Fixed somewhere in 8.4.b3  
#26089  SmoothCharacterGroupQp_with_category  group 
#26089  SmoothCharacterGroupRamifiedQuadratic_with_category  group 
#26089  SmoothCharacterGroupUnramifiedQuadratic_with_category  group 
#26092  SubsetsSorted_with_category  
#26092  Subsets_sk_with_category  
#26064  SymbolicConstantsSubring_with_category  
#26162  SymmetricGroup_with_category  group 
#26162  TransitiveGroup_with_category  group 
#26145  UnivariateProduct_with_category.element_class  product 
#26088  UnramifiedExtensionFieldCappedRelative_with_category  
#26088  UnramifiedExtensionRingCappedAbsolute_with_category  
#26088  UnramifiedExtensionRingCappedRelative_with_category  
#26088  UnramifiedExtensionRingFixedMod_with_category  
#26058  pAdicAutomorphicForms_with_category  
sage.rings.padics.qadic_flint_CR.qAdicCappedRelativeElement  Not relevant (appears as an expected result) 
New failures in 8.4.beta3:
Ticket  Module  Notes 

#26181  Cusps_class  
#26177  GRSGaoDecoder  
#26177  LinearCodeSyndromeDecoder  
#26193  MyModule_with_category  
#26198  TestParent4_with_category 
Remains in 8.4.b4:
Ticket  Module  Notes 

#26221  FreeMonoid_class_with_category  
#26218  IntegerVectorsConstraints_with_category  
#26261  MPolynomial_polydict  
#26091  ProjectiveSpace_rational_field_with_category  
#26091  ProjectiveSpace_ring_with_category  
#26260  ProductProjectiveSpaces_ring_with_category 
Remains in 8.4.b5
Bitset objects are unhashable; use FrozenBitset?  Not relevant, but see #24852  
#26313  AffineSpace_generic_with_category 
Remains in 8.4.b7
#26419  LabelledBinaryTrees_with_category.element_class 
Change History (93)
comment:1 Changed 21 months ago by
comment:2 Changed 21 months ago by
 Component changed from PLEASE CHANGE to python3
 Type changed from PLEASE CHANGE to defect
I've also, at least, provisionally, implemented __hash__
's for a lot of classes. I haven't pushed any of those changes yet because I've been lazy about adding docstrings for them and need to do that.
There are also lots of cases where it's fine to just assign __hash__ = BaseClass.__hash__
(in fact this is the case for all classes). That said, the default __hash__
a lot of classes have is not very good, or sometimes problematic (e.g. I think some object are hashable even though they're not immutable). So it's a good opportunity to check those on a case base case basis.
comment:3 Changed 21 months ago by
ok. But anyway, this seems to require a lot of work..
I did a few simple cases in #24552
comment:4 Changed 21 months ago by
Of the commits in my python 3 branch that I haven't made tickets for yet, I've added __hash__
implementations in at least the following (and maybe more):
src/sage/algebras/free_algebra.py src/sage/algebras/free_algebra_quotient.py src/sage/algebras/quatalg/quaternion_algebra.py src/sage/algebras/steenrod/steenrod_algebra.py src/sage/categories/pushout.py src/sage/coding/hamming_code.py src/sage/coding/linear_code.py src/sage/combinat/crystals/generalized_young_walls.py src/sage/combinat/integer_vector.py src/sage/combinat/rigged_configurations/rigged_partition.py src/sage/combinat/root_system/type_dual.py src/sage/combinat/species/series.py src/sage/combinat/subset.py src/sage/combinat/subword_complex.py src/sage/combinat/words/word_datatypes.pyx src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py src/sage/groups/perm_gps/permgroup_named.py src/sage/homology/chain_complex.py src/sage/homology/chain_complex_morphism.py src/sage/manifolds/continuous_map.py src/sage/modular/arithgroup/congroup_generic.py src/sage/modular/modsym/ambient.py src/sage/monoids/free_monoid.py src/sage/rings/fraction_field.py src/sage/rings/ideal_monoid.py src/sage/rings/number_field/order.py src/sage/rings/padics/padic_extension_generic.py src/sage/rings/polynomial/laurent_polynomial_ring.py src/sage/rings/polynomial/polynomial_quotient_ring.py src/sage/structure/element_wrapper.pyx
comment:5 Changed 21 months ago by
src/sage/combinat/rigged_configurations/bij_abstract_class.py
and its subclasses should never be used in a hash (it is a helper class to perform a bijection) and the __eq__
is just there so the TestSuite
with the pickling passes. Probably the better thing to do here is to remove the __eq__
and skip the pickling test (this is some of the first code I contributed to Sage, memories...).
comment:6 Changed 17 months ago by
Quick question one of you can maybe answer: If a class inherits from UniqueRepresentation
, then should it even be implementing __eq__
? ISTM it should just use the __eq__
implementation inherited from UniqueRepresentation
(via WithEqualityById
).
I've found several classes that inherit from UniqueRepresentation
but that still implement their own __eq__
like:
def __eq__(self, other): return isinstance(other, type(self)) and self.foo == other.foo and self.bar == other.bar
for some list of various attributes of the objects that are mostly determined at the object's construction.
I admit I don't fully understand yet how UniqueRepresentation
is supposed to work though (I will read the docs for it carefully now). But it seems like it should implicitly cover this use case (and thus eliminate the need for a lot of explicit __eq__
and hence __hash__
implementations).
comment:7 Changed 17 months ago by
Or could it be that in some of these cases their __eq__
is defined more broadly than just equality by identity? I admit in some of these cases I don't know the mathematical background well enough to determine this, and the given examples don't always make the intent clear either.
comment:8 followup: ↓ 9 Changed 17 months ago by
Okay, quoting the docs:
Instances of a class have a unique instance behavior when instances of this class evaluate equal if and only if they are identical.
So IIUC, a class really shouldn't be inheriting UniqueRepresentation
unless they truly do define equality by identity. So either these classes shouldn't be defining __eq__
, or they aren't using UniqueRepresentation
appropriately (and should perhaps just be using CachedRepresentation
at the most).
comment:9 in reply to: ↑ 8 Changed 17 months ago by
Replying to embray:
So IIUC, a class really shouldn't be inheriting
UniqueRepresentation
unless they truly do define equality by identity. So either these classes shouldn't be defining__eq__
, or they aren't usingUniqueRepresentation
appropriately (and should perhaps just be usingCachedRepresentation
at the most).
That sounds reasonable.
comment:10 Changed 17 months ago by
I'm just going through sage.algebras
and finding several cases like this (this is where I started since that's where I was recently toiling on the __hash__
issue). Indeed, it seems many of these classes predate, and/or have __eq__
methods that predate UniqueRepresentation
.
comment:11 Changed 17 months ago by
Another angle to this that Jeroen has already pointed out a couple times is that there is InheritComparison
. This could be extended to also automatically force the inheritance of __hash__
. I think that would solve a lot of this "for free". But what I've also found is that this has exposed many cases where class's default inherited __hash__
es are not welldefined w.r.t. their __eq__
, or other issues like in #25387.
In other words, I think that the new behavior in Python 3, while annoying in terms of how much it breaks in Sage, is good that it forces us to think more carefully about this. So I'd be hesitant to resort to such a bruteforce fix except as a last resort.
comment:12 Changed 17 months ago by
Among the files listed in the ticket description, the case
src/sage/manifolds/continuous_map.py
is dealt with by #25502. The other manifold cases:
src/sage/manifolds/chart.py src/sage/manifolds/chart_func.py src/sage/manifolds/differentiable/affine_connection.py src/sage/manifolds/differentiable/tensorfield.py src/sage/manifolds/scalarfield.py
should trigger no Python3 issue since none of these classes is intended to be hashable. Same thing for
src/sage/tensor/modules/comp.py src/sage/tensor/modules/free_module_morphism.py src/sage/tensor/modules/free_module_tensor.py src/sage/tensor/modules/tensor_with_indices.py
comment:13 Changed 16 months ago by
comment:14 Changed 16 months ago by
some failures in sage3 doctests:
'TypeError("unhashable type: \'AbsoluteOrder_with_category\'",)', 'TypeError("unhashable type: \'RelativeOrder_with_category\'",)', "TypeError: unhashable type: 'AbelianGroup_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'AbsoluteOrder_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CartanType_affine_with_superclass'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CartesianProduct_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'ChainComplex_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'ClassGroup_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CompositeConstructionFunctor'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CrystalOfAlcovePaths_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CycleIndexSeriesRing_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'CyclicPermutationGroup_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'DihedralGroup_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'EisensteinExtensionFieldCappedRelative_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'EisensteinExtensionRingCappedAbsolute_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'EisensteinExtensionRingCappedRelative_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'EisensteinExtensionRingFixedMod_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'FpT_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'FractionField_1poly_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'FractionField_generic_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'Gamma0_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'Gamma1_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'GammaH_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'HammingCode_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'HyperbolicModelPD_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'HyperellipticCurve_g2_rational_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'HyperellipticCurve_rational_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'IdealMonoid_c_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'InfinitePolynomialFunctor'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'KleinFourGroup_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'LabelledBinaryTrees_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'LaurentPolynomialRing_mpair_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'LaurentPolynomialRing_univariate_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'MPolynomialRing_polydict_domain_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'MPolynomialRing_polydict_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'MPolynomial_polydict'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'ModularSymbolsAmbient_wtk_eps_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'MultivariateProduct_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'OverconvergentModularFormsSpace_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'Partitions_with_constraints_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'PolynomialQuotientRing_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'PolynomialQuotientRing_generic_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'ProjectiveSpace_rational_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'QuaternionAlgebra_ab_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'QuaternionFractionalIdeal_rational'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'RelativeOrder_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'SL2Z_class_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'Subsets_sk_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'SymbolicConstantsSubring_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'SymmetricGroup_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'ToricVariety_field_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'UnivariateProduct_with_category.element_class'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'UnramifiedExtensionFieldCappedRelative_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'UnramifiedExtensionRingCappedAbsolute_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'UnramifiedExtensionRingCappedRelative_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'UnramifiedExtensionRingFixedMod_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'pAdicAutomorphicForms_with_category'", "TypeError: unhashable type: 'sage.rings.padics.qadic_flint_CR.qAdicCappedRelativeElement'"]
comment:15 Changed 15 months ago by
Note that the changes (taken from comment:2)

src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py
diff git a/src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py b/src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py index e19199b949..bf6fe5dc2c 100644
a b class AbelianGroup_class(UniqueRepresentation, AbelianGroupBase): 553 553 cat = cat.Infinite() 554 554 AbelianGroupBase.__init__(self, category=cat) 555 555 556 __hash__ = UniqueRepresentation.__hash__ 557 556 558 def is_isomorphic(left, right): 557 559 """ 558 560 Check whether ``left`` and ``right`` are isomorphic 
src/sage/groups/perm_gps/permgroup_named.py
diff git a/src/sage/groups/perm_gps/permgroup_named.py b/src/sage/groups/perm_gps/permgroup_named.py index da1774e96c..54fa034b4a 100644
a b class PermutationGroup_unique(CachedRepresentation, PermutationGroup_generic): 149 149 """ 150 150 return super(CachedRepresentation, self).__eq__(other) 151 151 152 __hash__ = CachedRepresentation.__hash__ 153 152 154 153 155 class PermutationGroup_symalt(PermutationGroup_unique): 154 156 """
fix many doctest failures in sage/homology
. I don't know if this is the correct approach, or perhaps there is something more systematic to make hashes inherit even when __eq__
is defined.
comment:16 Changed 15 months ago by
If you're using the __hash__
of UniqueRepresentation
but not its __eq__
, then you're doing it wrong. So this might indicate an actual bug.
comment:17 followup: ↓ 19 Changed 15 months ago by
That class has the line
__eq__ = is_isomorphic
so that generator names (for example) don't affect equality. (is_isomorphic
just checks whether the elementary divisors match up.) We could define __hash__
correspondingly. For the simplicial complex code, the important thing (I think) is that the class of abelian groups is hashable. I assume that any reasonable hash function will work.
(I also don't know how or why the design decisions for AbelianGroup_class
were made.)
comment:18 Changed 15 months ago by
Confirmed:

src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py
diff git a/src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py b/src/sage/groups/abelian_gps/abelian_group.py index e19199b949..62a5e25edb 100644
a b class AbelianGroup_class(UniqueRepresentation, AbelianGroupBase): 553 553 cat = cat.Infinite() 554 554 AbelianGroupBase.__init__(self, category=cat) 555 555 556 def __hash__(self): 557 return hash(self.elementary_divisors()) 558 556 559 def is_isomorphic(left, right): 557 560 """ 558 561 Check whether ``left`` and ``right`` are isomorphic
works just as well, at least as far as the homology code is concerned.
comment:19 in reply to: ↑ 17 Changed 15 months ago by
Replying to jhpalmieri:
That class has the line
__eq__ = is_isomorphicso that generator names (for example) don't affect equality.
This is different from most other things in Sage though. For example
sage: GF(9, 'a') == GF(9, 'b') False sage: QQ['x'] == QQ['y'] False
I'm not saying that this is necessarily a bug. However, if you can change __eq__
without breaking anything else, I would do that instead of changing __hash__
.
comment:20 Changed 15 months ago by
I opened #25935 for AbelianGroup_class
. Please continue the discussion there.
comment:21 Changed 15 months ago by
I opened #25940 for ChainComplex_class
.
comment:22 Changed 15 months ago by
 Milestone changed from sage8.2 to sagepending
Added one for HyperellipticCurve_generic
in #25946.
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comment:82 Changed 12 months ago by
 Milestone changed from sagepending to sageduplicate/invalid/wontfix
 Status changed from new to needs_review
Maybe we can now close this one ? I think there remains one bad hash somewhere not returning int, but this is another issue.
comment:83 Changed 12 months ago by
What about the underlying issue of the ticket, "defining __eq__
breaks inheritance of __hash__
"? Does that need to be addressed?
comment:84 Changed 12 months ago by
Well, we are not going to change this. This is the behaviour of python3, dot.
comment:85 Changed 12 months ago by
 Milestone changed from sageduplicate/invalid/wontfix to sage8.5
Is there some problem with setting the "milestone" to 8.5 and then closing it as "worksforme"? This way we can say "as of 8.5" this should work, and any new instance of this issue that occurs after 8.5 is a regression against this ticket and should be addressed in a new ticket.
comment:86 Changed 12 months ago by
ok for me
comment:87 Changed 11 months ago by
Please close.
comment:88 Changed 11 months ago by
Are we sure we've gotten all of these? Odile was saying to me just yesterday she thought there were more cases to fix...
comment:90 Changed 11 months ago by
No sorry @chapoton @embray. My mistake apparently.
comment:91 Changed 10 months ago by
once again. Can we close this ?
comment:92 Changed 10 months ago by
 Milestone changed from sage8.5 to sageduplicate/invalid/wontfix
comment:93 Changed 10 months ago by
 Milestone changed from sageduplicate/invalid/wontfix to sage8.5
 Resolution set to fixed
 Status changed from needs_review to closed
I wouldn't put it in that milestone. If we're calling this fixed as of Sage 8.5 then that's worth making note of. It can just be closed as fixed.
Indeed, I haven't seen any new cases of this in a while.
Good to know is that there is a metaclass
InheritComparison
which is supposed to fix that problem.