17.1.4 Exceptions and Error Handling
The parser module defines a single exception, but may also pass other
built-in exceptions from other portions of the Python runtime
environment. See each function for information about the exceptions
it can raise.
Exception raised when a failure occurs within the parser module. This
is generally produced for validation failures rather than the built in
SyntaxError thrown during normal parsing.
The exception argument is either a string describing the reason of the
failure or a tuple containing a sequence causing the failure from a parse
tree passed to sequence2ast() and an explanatory string. Calls to
sequence2ast() need to be able to handle either type of exception,
while calls to other functions in the module will only need to be
aware of the simple string values.
Note that the functions compileast(), expr(), and
suite() may throw exceptions which are normally thrown by the
parsing and compilation process. These include the built in
exceptions MemoryError, OverflowError,
SyntaxError, and SystemError. In these cases, these
exceptions carry all the meaning normally associated with them. Refer
to the descriptions of each function for detailed information.
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