[Python-Dev] Non-string keys in namespace dicts

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 3 19:53:04 CET 2007

On Dec 2, 2007 12:49 PM, Neil Toronto <ntoronto at cs.byu.edu> wrote:
> It turned out not *that* hard to code around for attribute caching, and
> the extra cruft only gets invoked on a cache miss. The biggest problem
> isn't speed - it's that it's possible (though extremely unlikely), while
> testing keys for equality, that a rich compare alters the underlying
> dict. This causes the caching lookup to have to try to get an entry
> pointer again, which could invoke the rich compare, which might alter
> the underlying dict..

How about subclasses of str? These have all the same issues...

> I'm working on making it as fast as the original when the MRO is short.
> Question for Guido: should I roll this into the fastglobals patch?

No, please keep them separate.

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

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