user377612 user377612 - 6 months ago 39
Python Question

Is there a way to make python pickle ignore "it's not the same object " errors

Is there a way to make python pickle ignore "it's not the same object " errors?

I'm writing a test using Mock to have fine grain control over the results that datetime.utcnow() produces. The code I'm using is time sensitive so mock's patch makes it easy to test.

The same tests need to pickle objects and send the results to a remote server. For the purpose of the test if a standard datetime was pickled and received by the remote server everything would be fine.

Unfortunately the pickle module is barfing with the following error:

Can't pickle <type 'datetime.datetime'>: it's not the same object as

Here is a minimal example to reproduce the error.

from mock import patch
from datetime import datetime
import pickle

class MockDatetime(datetime):
frozendt = datetime(2011,05,31)

def advance(cls, **kw):
cls.frozendt = cls.frozendt + timedelta(**kw)

def utcnow(cls):
return cls.frozendt

@patch('datetime.datetime', MockDatetime)
def test():

if __name__ == '__main__':

Is there some combo of
methods that might trick the pickle machinery into thinking MockDatetime is a datetime when I pickle?


Looking at the where to patch section in the documentation I see this advice:

The basic principle is that you patch where an object is used, which is not necessarily the same place as where it is defined.

Following this recommendation, I've tried to replace:

@patch('datetime.datetime', MockDatetime)


@patch('__main__.datetime', MockDatetime)

and I didn't get any error from pickle. Also, I added a print statement to make sure that datetime was really being patched and I got the expected value.