[New-bugs-announce] [issue8762] default value in constructor not unique across objects

andrew report at bugs.python.org
Wed May 19 02:35:35 CEST 2010

New submission from andrew <atcuno at gmail.com>:

After debugging for a while I finally released that I stumbled across a Python bug (at least I believe it is). Here is a proof of concept that produces the issue:


class blah:

    def __init__(self, items=[]):
        self.items = items

a = blah()
b = blah()


print a.items
print b.items
print id(a.items)
print id(b.items)

and here is the output when the program is run:

root at x:~# python pythonbug.py
['apples', 'oranges']
['apples', 'oranges']
root at x:~#

as you can see the 'items' reference is the same for both objects even though they are different objects. I checked the manual and I couldn't find anything explaining such behavior. Can this possibly be correct?

My python info:

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jan 20 2010, 21:48:48)

messages: 106018
nosy: bolt
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: default value in constructor not unique across objects
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.5

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