[Python-Dev] cpython: Use a known unique object for the dummy entry.

Armin Rigo arigo at tunes.org
Sun Aug 18 09:03:56 CEST 2013


On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
>> summary:
>>   Use a known unique object for the dummy entry.

Another issue with this change: the dummy object should be of a dummy
subclass of 'object', rather than of 'object' itself.  When it is
'object' itself, a custom __eq__() method will be called, sending what
should be the dummy object to the pure Python code explicitly, as in
the example below.  This is bad because ---in addition to calling
__eq__() with unexpected arguments, which might break some code--- we
could then take the dummy object, and try to insert it into another

class A(object):
    def __init__(self, hash):
        self.hash = hash
    def __eq__(self, other):
        print("seen!", self, other)
        return False
    def __hash__(self):
        return self.hash

a1 = A(1)
a2 = A(2)
s = {a1, a2}
A(2) in s

A bientôt,


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