Global in multiple files

Artur Skura arturs at
Sun Jun 10 16:58:53 CEST 2001

On Sun, 10 Jun 2001 17:21:18 +0400 (MSD), Roman Suzi <rnd at> wrote:
>>So, I thought I might be smarter than it. I would pass this
>>variable to where I need it, but... it stil obstinately refuses to
>>work. But then, my ex-global is a list of instances of a class,
>>and methods in instances of another class won't accept it as
>>an argument.
>Why do you need global variable in the OOP design anyway?

I knew you would say that! ;)
The source code is at
and you can get 'live demo' by
$ telnet 2211
It's based on simple chat code.

I just want to keep this one little global, userlist, in order
not to do some strange acrobatics later. It's clean, simple,
keeps the number of arguments to pass to ther functions small etc.

>I blame myself each time I maintain code with global variables:
>the code can't be easily reconfigured, creates other problems.
>Globals are allright only in short scripts which has no chance
>to grow larger.

In this case it fits perfectly. I need to acces userlist from any place,
any moment.

OK, suppose I want to do away with global userlist.
I want to pass it to TS_Command instance. Will it work? No. Why?
I have no idea... You see, I don't want to stick fanatically to my
global, any solution is fine, provided that I can split my code
and see it working as before, when it was all in one file.
This 'userlist' is my last obstacle.


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