Beginner question: Converting Single-Element tuples to list

Jeff Epler jepler at
Mon Jun 27 18:11:33 CEST 2005

On Mon, Jun 27, 2005 at 08:21:41AM -0600, John Roth wrote:
> Unfortunately, I've seen that behavior a number of times:
> no output is None, one output is the object, more than one
> is a list of objects. That forces you to have checks for None
> and list types all over the place.

maybe you can at least push this into a single convenience function...

def destupid(x, constructor=tuple, sequencetypes=(tuple, list)):
    if x is None: return constructor()
    if isinstance(x, sequencetypes): return x
    return constructor((x,))

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