Semantics of ==
andrew-pythonlist at puzzling.org
Wed Mar 17 01:23:45 CET 2004
On Tue, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:07:27PM -0500, John Roth wrote:
> "Axel Boldt" <axelboldt at yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:40200384.0403161538.7407d9e2 at posting.google.com...
> > >>> s
> > [1, [...]]
> > >>> w
> > [1, [1, [...]]]
> > >>> s==w
> > True
> I think the original True is a bug. It's getting confused
> by the recursion.
I don't think it's a bug. In what sense are they unequal? Both variables
are a sequence of two elements, the integer 1, and a sequence that's equal
to the outer sequence (i.e. s==s is True, as Python will tell you).
Every element of the sequence s is equal to the corresponding element of the
sequence w, as far as I can see, even though there is infinite recursion.
Python is behaving exactly as I would expect it to. (Although in the face
of such pathological data structures, I wouldn't mind terribly much if it
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