Thanks  a lot for your reply! 
I've reservations,  maybe code looks like: 
colwidth = max(map(len, list))
ncols = displaywidth/(colwidth+2)+1
nrows = size/ncols+1
for nrows
     for ncols
          texts = list[...]
          output texts
is clear, and just waste some space of stdout.

Best Regards

发件人: Guido van Rossum <>
收件人: Tom Zhou <>
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发送日期: 2011年12月20日, 星期二, 上午 7:14
主题: Re: [Python-ideas] Columnize in module "cmd"

That code is trying to find an optimal solution where the columns may be of different width.

Good luck!


On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM, Tom Zhou <> wrote:

Hi~ alls
recently, i focus on the module "cmd", and find some confused things-- the function named "columnize". Why we need a multiloop as
"for nrows ..
        for col ..
                   for row.."
?? i think we can make a easier method, for example, first, find out the maxlen str in list, and use its length as the standard size to format the list.
Ok, maybe i ignore something, so please give me some hints.


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