Summary -- Release highlights

New checkers

  • String checker now reports format string type mismatches.

  • duplicate-string-formatting-argument was added for detecting duplicate string formatting arguments that should be passed instead as named arguments.

  • logging-format-style is a new option for the logging checker for usage of str.format() style format strings in calls to loggers.

    It accepts two options: --logging-format-style=old for using % style formatting, which is the assumed default, and --logging-format-style=new for using {} style formatting.

  • implicit-str-concat-in-sequence detects string concatenation inside lists, sets & tuples.

    Example of code that would generate such warning:

    woops = ('a', 'b' 'c')

Other Changes

  • try-except-raise checker now handles multilevel inheritance hirerachy for exceptions correctly.

    Closes #2484

  • Ignore import x.y.z as z cases for checker useless-import-alias.

  • unnecessary-pass is now also emitted when a function or class contains only docstring and pass statement, in which case, docstring is enough for empty definition.

  • Fix false positive undefined-variable and used-before-assignment with nonlocal keyword usage.

  • Fix exceptions being raised when one of the params is not a ClassDef for checkers.utils.is_subclass_of.

  • pylint now picks the latest value from the inferred values of the exception that gets raised, when looking for raising-non-exception. This helps when reusing a variable name for multiple types, since pylint was picking just the first inferred value, leading to spurious false positives.

    Closes #2431

  • pylint used to emit a not-an-iterable error when looking at coroutines built with asyncio.coroutine. This is no longer the case as we handle coroutines explicitly.

    Closes #996

  • pylint used to emit an unused-variable error if unused import was found in the function. Now instead of unused-variable, unused-import is emitted.

    Closes #2421