[mod_python] return type of parse method of class SignedCookie

Daniel Nogradi nogradi at gmail.com
Fri Jun 23 16:41:56 EDT 2006

I'm slightly confused about the return type of the parse method of
SignedCookie and the way one should check if the cookie was signed
correctly. Cookie.py defines the parse method as

class SignedCookie(Cookie):
    def parse(Class, s, secret):

        dict = _parse_cookie(s, Class)
        return dict

and the function _parse_cookie is defined something like

def _parse_cookie(str, Class):
    result = {}
    return result

so it seems to me that the return type of the parse method of
SignedCookie is dict so I don't really know what to make of the docs

  Note: Always check the types of objects returned by
SignedCookie.parse().If it is an instance
  of Cookie (as opposed to SignedCookie), the signature verification has failed:

  # assume spam is supposed to be a signed cookie
  if type(spam) is not Cookie.SignedCookie:
      # do something that indicates cookie isn't signed correctly

Isn't the return type always dict and never Cookie.SignedCookie? Or am
I misunderstanding something somewhere?

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