[Python-Dev] Changing string constants to byte arrays in Py3k

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Sat May 5 23:30:31 CEST 2007

Steven Bethard wrote:
> On 5/5/07, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> On 2007-05-04 19:51, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>> [-python-dev]
>>> On 5/4/07, Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org> wrote:
>>>> On Friday 04 May 2007, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>>>>  > I also suggest making all bytes literals immutable to avoid running
>>>>  > into any issues like the above.
>>>> +1 from me.
>>> Rather than adding immutability to bytes objects (which has big
>>> implementation and type checking implications), consider using
>>> buffer(b"123") as an immutable bytes literal. You can freely
>>> concatenate and compare buffer objects with bytes objects.
>> I like Georg's idea of having an immutable bytes subclass.
>> b"abc" could then be a shortcut constructor for this subclass.
>> In general, I don't think it's a good idea to have literals
>> turn into mutable objects, since literals are normally perceived
>> as being constant.
> Does that mean you want list literals to be immutable too?
>     lst = ['a', 'b', 'c']
>     lst.append('d') # raises an error?
> STeVe

I think the point is rather that changes to the list linked by lst after 
the initial assignment shouldn't result in the assignemtn of a different 
value to lst if the statement is executed again (as  part of a function 
body or in a loop, for example).

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