FAQ: Context Managers - Nested Context Managers

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Hello! I have a question about nested context managers. This lesson says:

with open('teacher.txt', 'w') as teacher, open('student.txt', 'r') as student:


  • The with statement is being called once but invoking two context managers. This is a single-line nested with statement .

But the quiz (https://www.codecademy.com/courses/learn-intermediate-python-3/quizzes/int-python-context-managers-quiz) says that the valid way of nesting these context managers should be written like this :

with ContextManagerA('fileA.txt', 'a') as A, with ContextManagerB('fileB.txt', 'a') as B:

Correct! Context managers can be nested in one line using a comma and separate with statements

I’ve tested on this lessons exercise and got a syntax error with two ‘with’s’ separated by comma; no error with a single ‘with’. Would it be right to consider that lesson got right explanation, and the quiz has a mistake?

#causes SyntaxError: invalid syntax:
with poem_files('poem.txt', 'r') as poem,  with card_files('card.txt', 'w') as card:

#no errors
with poem_files('poem.txt', 'r') as poem,  card_files('card.txt', 'w') as card:
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Looks like a mistake here. The question seems somewhat torn between choices. Whilst you can nest context mangers like-

with CntMgrA as a:
    with CntMgrB as b:

… this is often considered rather ugly due to the pointless excess of indentation and the standard syntax is then to use-

with CntMgrA as a, CntMgrB as b:

… which you and the lesson recognise as the correct choice for that simpler syntax.

For the actual language rules- https://docs.python.org/3/reference/compound_stmts.html#the-with-statement

I’m not sure where the lesson was going for (the basic nesting or the comma separated arguments) but the syntax is most definitely wrong for that “correct” answer at the moment. I’ll raise it as a bug for sure.

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sorry for belated answer and thank you for the explanations! :grinning:

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