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Better living through Python with decorators

Project description

Decorator module

The goal of the decorator module is to make it easy to define
signature-preserving function decorators and decorator factories.
It also includes an implementation of multiple dispatch and other niceties
(please check the docs). It is released under a two-clauses
BSD license, i.e. basically you can do whatever you want with it but I am not


If you are lazy, just perform

``$ pip install decorator``

which will install just the module on your system.

If you prefer to install the full distribution from source, including
the documentation, clone the [GitHub repo]( or download the
[tarball](, unpack it and run

``$ pip install .``

in the main directory, possibly as superuser.


If you have the source code installation you can run the tests with

``$ python src/tests/ -v``

or (if you have setuptools installed)

``$ python test``

Notice that you may run into trouble if in your system there
is an older version of the decorator module; in such a case remove the
old version. It is safe even to copy the module `` over
an existing one, since we kept backward-compatibility for a long time.


The project is hosted on GitHub. You can look at the source here:


The documentation has been moved to GitHub:

From there you can get a PDF version by simply using the print
functionality of your browser.

For the impatient

Here is an example of how to define a family of decorators tracing slow

from decorator import decorator

def warn_slow(func, timelimit=60, *args, **kw):
t0 = time.time()
result = func(*args, **kw)
dt = time.time() - t0
if dt > timelimit:
logging.warn('%s took %d seconds', func.__name__, dt)
else:'%s took %d seconds', func.__name__, dt)
return result

@warn_slow # warn if it takes more than 1 minute
def preprocess_input_files(inputdir, tempdir):

@warn_slow(timelimit=600) # warn if it takes more than 10 minutes
def run_calculation(tempdir, outdir):


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