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Confusing octal literal

ID: py/old-style-octal-literal
Kind: problem
Severity: recommendation
Precision: high
   - readability
Query suites:
   - python-security-and-quality.qls

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Octal literals starting with 0 are easily misread as a decimal, particularly by those programmers who do not have a C or Java background.

The new literal syntax for non-decimal numbers is more distinct and is thus less likely to be misunderstood.


Use the 0oXXX form instead of the 0XXX form. Alternatively use binary or hexadecimal format if that would be clearer.


#Easily misread as x = 15
x = 015

#The extra 'o' alerts the reader that this is an octal literal
y = 0o15

#If this is a byte sized value then a hexadecimal might be clearer
y = 0x0d

#Or if it is a bit pattern then a binary value might be clearer
y = 0b1101