Class attribute or instance attribute?

Aahz aahz at
Mon Apr 28 22:39:00 CEST 2003

In article <vaqtlsqbi52j93 at>,
Paul Watson <pwatson at> wrote:
>My biggest question is why self.v has a value of "Consequences" in the
>_init__() of f2?  Is self.v not an instance variable?

When an attribute lookup fails in an instance, Python searches the
namespace of the parent class and all of the parent's base classes (but
*not* the namespaces of the metaclasses).
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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