How do I modify my callers local variables?

Andreas Dietrich andreas.dietrich at
Mon Feb 12 23:48:08 CET 2001

On Mon, 12 Feb 2001 21:27:10 +0100, I wrote:
>def test(**kw):
>    parse_keywords({'a':1,'b':2,'c':3},kw)
>    #didn't work
>    print a,b,c

I hate to post a followup to my own posting, but I forgot to point out the
_real_ problem. It doesn't work even if I replace test() with

def test(**kw):
    #didn't work
    print a,b,c

I'm aware of the fact that python considers variables as global that are
not assigned to (Could I modify _that_ from parse_keywords ? If not, this
not a showstopper. )


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