__builtins__

Johann Hibschman johann at physics.berkeley.edu
Wed May 31 02:57:28 CEST 2000


Huaiyu Zhu writes:

> It looks like that I have to use
> 	__builtins__.min (1,2)

> in the interpreter but
> 	__builtins__['min']([1, 2])

> in a module.  Why is this so?

Ah.  You should not be using __builtins__.  As far as I understand it,
that is a hack variable, which you cannot trust.

The module you seek is __builtin__  (no s.)

If you want these functions, the Right Thing is to "import
__builtin__" and then use "__builtin__.min".  The fact that there is a
variable named "__builtins__" is an accident of the implementation.

--Johann

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Johann Hibschman                           johann at physics.berkeley.edu



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