[Python-Dev] PyList API missing PyList_Pop() and PyList_Delete

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri Oct 24 14:24:52 EDT 2003

> I ended-up using:
>  	PyObject_CallMethod(to->outbasket, "pop", NULL);
> The bummer is that this call is effectively used in a loop and runs once
> for every data element in an iterable.  Something like pop() has such a
> tiny granularity that its runtime is overwhelmed by the lookup time to
> call it this way.  For this reason, I think PyList_Pop() warrants
> inclusion in the API much more than low granularity methods like
> PyList_Reverse() or PyList_Sort().

But it's easy to simulate a pop, writing the C equivalent of

    x = lst[len(lst)-1]
    del lst[len(lst)-1 : len(lst)]


PyObject *
listpop(PyObject *lst)
    PyObject *x;
    int n;

    n = PyList_GET_SIZE(lst);
    if (n == 0)
        return NULL;
    x = PyList_GET_ITEM(lst, n-1);
    PyList_SetSlice(lst, n-1, n, NULL);
    return x;

I see no need to add this to the public API just yet (it would have to
be more flexible to allow lst.pop(n), do more arg checks, etc.).

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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