counting items

Mark McEahern marklists at
Wed Jan 12 13:23:30 EST 2005

It's me wrote:

>Okay, I give up.
>What's the best way to count number of items in a list [that may contain lists]?
a = [[1,2,4],4,5,[2,3]]

def iterall(seq):
    for item in seq:
            for subitem in iterall(item):
                yield subitem
        except TypeError:
            yield item

all = [x for x in iterall(a)]
print len(all)

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