global declaration from within functions

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Wed Aug 15 19:05:16 CEST 2001


    >>> def f():
    ...    global x
    ...    x = 666
    ... 
    >>> f()
    >>> x
    666

Not quite:

    >>> def f():
    ...   global x
    ...   return
    ... 
    >>> f()
    >>> x
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
    NameError: name 'x' is not defined

The global declaration does not guarantee a global object will be created,
only that if you assign a value to the declared name in the current scope,
the global namespace will be modified, not the local namespace.

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