Nick Coghlan added the comment:
Yes, if you pass "string" when you meant to pass ["string"], you will often get
awful error messages.
This is one of the downsides of strings being iterable, but we're not going to
add "if isinstance(obj, str): throw TypeError(msg)" special cases everywhere to
It's definitely a wart in Python, but it's one Python developers just have to
get used to (and learn to suspect whenever they see a single-character string
in an error message).
resolution: -> wont fix
status: open -> closed
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