[Python-Dev] unfrozen dataclasses and __hash__ (subsets are OK)
Jim J. Jewett
jimjjewett at gmail.com
Sun Feb 4 23:42:01 EST 2018
I understand auto-generating the __hash__ (and __eq__) for a frozen
container; that is just convenient.
But why is there any desire to autogenerate a __hash__ for something
that isn't frozen? Like a list or dict, the normal case would be for
it not to have a hash at all, and the author *should* write out any
The objection to that seems to be that someone might forget to add
another field to the hash during later maintenance -- but so what?
__hash__ should reference a subset of the fields used for equality,
and strict subsets are OK. It *should* ignore some fields if that
will provide the right balance between quick calculation and
sufficient dispersion. If the record is complicated enough that
forgetting a field is a likely problem, then the hash is probably
already sufficiently complex without those new fields.
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