[issue10516] Add list.clear() and list.copy()

Eli Bendersky report at bugs.python.org
Sat Nov 27 11:09:03 CET 2010

Eli Bendersky <eliben at gmail.com> added the comment:

Objects/listobject.c has a static function named list_clear used internally. Is it possible to just expose this function as a clear() method? 

One problem is that it has this strange comment in the end:

    /* Never fails; the return value can be ignored.
       Note that there is no guarantee that the list is actually empty
       at this point, because XDECREF may have populated it again! */

However, looking at the code I'm not sure the list can be cleared any more than the function does, and it actually deallocates the ob_item field of the list.


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