symbols missing from

Daniel Stutzbach avatarDaniel Stutzbach created an issue

I am trying to use intersphinx to reference

As I understand it, I should be able to do that using :ref:`comparisons` (assuming I have intersphinx set up correctly, of course). However, Sphinx complains that "comparisons" is an undefined label.

I decided to download and examine it. For the file reference/expressions.html, only four symbols are listed: the 4 generator methods (.send, .throw, .next, and .close).

It looks like Sphinx only generated symbols in objects.inv for references created by Sphinx implicitly (i.e., via method::) and not for any of the references created in other ways (.. _comparisons:).

I'm not sure if that's intentional or not. If it's intentional, would you consider adding support to include the other reference symbols in objects.inv?

Comments (6)

  1. Georg Brandl

    Reference labels are not part of the intersphinx inventories intentionally, since they are by no means unique (per project yes, but not between projects). In contrast, full Python object identifiers should be unique.

    However, I can see that it would be useful to have that. I will think about the right way to resolve conflicts for 1.0 or 1.1.

  2. Daniel Stutzbach

    You could borrow from the InterWiki concept and syntax, by allowing a colon to separate the project name from the index label. For example, :ref:`Comparisons <python:comparisons>`. To retain backward compatibility, you would probably need to create a separate index.inv file alongside the objects.inv file.

    For that matter, it would be pretty straightforward (I think) to also support InterWiki links as well. You could grab MoinMoin's file ( to serve as a default. For example, :ref:`CPython <Wikipedia:CPython>` would lik to Sphinx users could extend/edit the if they wanted to use more InterWiki-style links.

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