[Python-Dev] I'd like list.pop to accept an optional second

Jim Fulton jim@digicool.com
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 07:58:23 -0400

Christian Tismer wrote:
> "M.-A. Lemburg" wrote:
> ...
> > Also, has anybody considered writing list.pop(..,default) this way:
> >
> > if list:
> >         obj = list.pop()
> > else:
> >         obj = default
> >
> > No exceptions, no changes, fast as hell :-)
> Yes, that's the best way to go, I think.
> But wasn't the primary question directed on
> an atomic function which is thread-safe?

Right. And the above code doesn't solve this
problem. Tim's code *does* solve the problem.
It's the code we were using.  It is a bit 
verbose though.

> I'm not sure, this thread has grown too fast :-)

Don't they all?


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