Bug#907283: ITP: python-asteval -- minimalistic evaluator of Python 3 expression using ast module
- Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 23:07:35 +0200
- From: Andreas Tille <tille@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Bug#907283: ITP: python-asteval -- minimalistic evaluator of Python 3 expression using ast module
Owner: Andreas Tille <tille@xxxxxxxxxx>
* Package name : python-asteval
Version : 0.9.12
Upstream Author : Matthew Newville <newville@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* URL : https://github.com/newville/asteval
* License : MIT
Programming Lang: Python
Description : minimalistic evaluator of Python 3 expression using ast module
ASTEVAL is a safe(ish) evaluator of Python expressions and statements,
using Python's ast module. The idea is to provide a simple, safe, and
robust miniature mathematical language that can handle user-input. The
emphasis here is on mathematical expressions, and so many functions from
numpy are imported and used if available.
Many Python lanquage constructs are supported by default, These include
slicing, subscripting, list comprehension, conditionals (if-elif-else
blocks and if expressions), flow control (for loops, while loops, and
try-except-finally blocks). All data are Python objects, and built-in
data structures (dictionaries, tuple, lists, numpy arrays, strings) are
fully supported by default.
Many of the standard builtin Python functions are available, as are all
mathemetical functions from the math module. If the numpy module is
installed, many of its functions will also be available. Users can
define and run their own functions within the confines of the
limitations of asteval.
There are several absences and differences with Python, and asteval is
by no means an attempt to reproduce Python with its own ast module. Some
of the most important differences and absences are:
* Variable and function symbol names are held in a simple symbol table
(a single dictionary), giving a flat namespace.
* creating classes is not supported.
* importing modules is not supported.
* function decorators, yield, lambda, exec, and eval are not
* files can only be opened in read-only mode.
In addition, accessing many internal methods and classes of objects is
forbidden in order to strengthen asteval against malicious user code. .
Remark: This package is maintained by Debian Science Maintainers at
This package is needed for the latest version of lmfit-py which needs
both Python 2 and Python 3 module.