Help, replacing the actual value from a data strucutre in a iterator

Simon Burton simonb at
Sat Jan 4 13:33:59 CET 2003

On Sat, 04 Jan 2003 03:31:06 +0000, george hart wrote:

>> o is now bound to 0
>> > o=100   # where i want this assignment to change a[0] to 100
>> No way.  You are simply rebinding 'o' to a new value.  Just write
>> 'a[0] = 100'!
> Hi,
> I'm sorry, I think my example was not very good.  I can't just write
> 'a[0]' because the *real* data structure I am working with is very
> complex and nested.  It would be more like a[1][10][20][40] etc..

i hear ya

> I am a relatively new to python so I am probably trying solve the
> problem the way I would in C (it would be nice to have pointers right
> now :-). 


>  The returned value from the .next() method appears to be
> pointing to the same memory address as the respective element in the
> data structure.  It seems logical that there should be an easy way to
> modify it.

two 'pointers' point to the same guy; one pointer cannot influence the

> Plus, there must be a way to do this?  What is the point of being able
> use a generator to iterate over a structure if you can't modify any of
> the values?

yes, good question. Let us know when you work it out; last time i tried this i
used a tuple (1,10,20,40) to index the offending element, that was before
iterators/generators. at first glance it seems a custom class supporting the
iterator protocol is needed.

> Thanks,
> George

see you,

Simon Burton

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