How to obtain an instance's name at runtime?
tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Jun 24 01:39:25 EDT 1999
In article <37718424.C70BB9DE at geekspace.com>, says...
>"Dinu C. Gherman" wrote:
>> Question: How to obtain an instance's name at runtime?
rozzin at geekspace.com responded:
> An *instance's* name? Instances have names?
and others similarly.
As near as I can remember, only three types of objects have definition
names (in readonly? __name__ attributes): modules, functions, and
classes. All others are anonymous, though they may or may not have one
or more namespace references.
While named objects usually get a namespace (reference) name equal to
the definition name, there is no necessary connection. Consider:
def f(): pass
Now the function which internally thinks of itself as 'f' is referred to
externally as 'g' and only as 'g'.
Terry J. Reedy
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