Question about references/copies

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Aug 28 11:44:19 CEST 2004

"Henning Kage" <c0dec at> wrote in message 
news:pan.2004. at
> I'm using Python only for some months now and I'm wondering, whether such
> assignments as above are creating bitwise copies of an object or just
> recieve a reference. That means I wanted to know, wheter Python in 
> general
> differs between references and copies:

Better to think of Python this way: it has objects and bindings of objects 
to one or more targets (names and slots of composite objects).  Binding 
statements (target = expression) always and only assign targets to objects.

Terry J. Reedy

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