On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:32 AM, Steven D'Aprano <steve@pearwood.info> wrote:
But if we *do* accept this syntax, then I believe that we should drop
the pretense that it is a natural extension of sequence unpacking in the
context of a for-loop-with-append (i.e. list comprehensions) and accept
that it will be seen by people as a magical "flatten" operator. [...]
So, yet again for emphasis: I see what you mean about unrolling the list
comprehension into a list display. But I believe that's not a helpful
way to think about list comprehensions.

Moreover, this "magical flatten" operator will crash in bad ways that a regular flatten() will not.  I.e. this is fine (if strange):

>>> three_inf = (count(), count(), count())
>>> comp = (x for x in flatten(three_inf))
>>> next(comp)
>>> next(comp)

It's hard to see how that won't blow up under the new syntax (i.e. generally for all infinite sequences).

Try running this, for example:

>>> a, *b = count()

Syntactically valid... but doesn't terminate.

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