user411180 user411180 - 29 days ago 15
Python Question

How to call super method?

I am working with some code that has 3 levels of class inheritance. From the lowest level derived class, what is the syntax for calling a method 2 levels up the hierarchy, e.g. a super.super call? The "middle" class does not implement the method I need to call.

Answer

Well, this is one way of doing it:

class Grandparent(object):
    def my_method(self):
        print "Grandparent"

class Parent(Grandparent):
    def my_method(self):
        print "Parent"

class Child(Parent):
    def my_method(self):
        print "Hello Grandparent"
        Grandparent.my_method(self)

Maybe not what you want, but it's the best python has unless I'm mistaken. What you're asking sounds anti-pythonic and you'd have to explain why you're doing it for us to give you the happy python way of doing things.

Another example, maybe what you want (from your comments):

class Grandparent(object):
    def my_method(self):
        print "Grandparent"

class Parent(Grandparent):
    def some_other_method(self):
        print "Parent"

class Child(Parent):
    def my_method(self):
        print "Hello Grandparent"
        super(Child, self).my_method()

As you can see, Parent doesn't implement my_method but Child can still use super to get at the method that Parent "sees", i.e. Grandparent's my_method.