[Python-Dev] Python 3.x and bytes

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Fri May 20 11:21:24 CEST 2011

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> This behavior matches what I was imagining for having
> b'a' == 97.  They compare equal, yet remain distinct objects
> for all other purposes.
> If anybody has a link to or an explanation why equal values must be equal
> hashes I'm all ears.  My apologies in advance if this is an incredibly naive
> question.

Because whether or not two objects can coexist in the same hash table
should *not* depend on their hash values - it should depend on whether
or not they compare equal to each other. The use of hashing should
just be an optimisation, not fundamentally change the nature of the
comparison operation. (i.e. "hash(a) == hash(b) and a == b" is meant
to be a fast alternative to "a == b", not a completely different


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