strange behaviour with remove

Reinhold Birkenfeld reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at
Sat Jun 19 07:10:20 EDT 2004

Panard wrote:
> Ok, I reply to myself, it's working when you add, line 3
> l = [ i for i in l ]
> I think the reason is that when you do a remove on d[ 'list' ] it will also
> do a remove on l, because, I think, l in the dictionnary is only a
> reference...

You're partially right. The list referenced to by d['list'] is the same
object as the list referenced to by l (to verify this, do a "print
d['list'] is l"). The main reason that your loop does not work is that
it modifying a list you are iterating over leads to undefined behavior.

In your solution above, you are assigning a new list to the name "l",
iterate over this list, and remove from the original list which is now
only referenced by d['list']. This is the common solution for the
problem, although there is an easier way to copy a list:

l = l[:]


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