Francis Herne <> added the comment:


Because this also applies to module-level docstrings, a rather strange effect 
that, for example, `ast.parse("'foo'")` is now an empty module.

While the root node is always an instance of `ast.Module`, in practice 
`ast.parse()` is often used with smaller fragments of source code that don't 
directly correspond to a complete module, and this behaviour makes no sense in 
such cases.

The resulting bug in kdev-python took a while to track down (because I had no 
immediate reason to suspect this change), and will be somewhat awkward to 

I would prefer that this be reverted; it's likely to break a variety of users 
in strange ways.

nosy: +flherne

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