A question??

Robert Brewer fumanchu at amor.org
Thu Aug 26 07:56:51 CEST 2004

Ishwar Rattan wrote:
> I thought that Python has no concept of reference/pointer
> (probably incorrect assumption). I saw the following piece of code:
> ...
> def run(program, *args):
>     pid = os.fork()
>     if not pid:
>          os.execvp(program, (program,)+args)
> ...
> and call to run as
> run("pyhton", "a.py")
> What is the interpretation of *args (in def run(..)?
> Looks like a reference to me, so, how does one decide when to use
> a reference or not?


Basically, *args collects any additional positional arguments passed to
the function. So you can call

run("python", "a.py")


run("top", "d 5", "s")

...with the same function signature. In the second case, args would
equal the tuple ("d 5", "s") within the run() function.

Robert Brewer
Amor Ministries
fumanchu at amor.org

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