creating variable in root namespace from module

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Fri Mar 10 10:51:19 CET 2006

MakaMaka wrote:

> I have a scope related question that I haven't been able to find an
> answer to anywhere.  Is there a way to have a function in an imported
> module add variables to the scope of the calling script?  Basically,
> can I have the following:
> import
> some_module.afunction() # <== create a variable x1=1 and add it to the
> scope of
> print x1  # <== would print 1
> I know this can be accomplished by passing the what globals() returns
> into the function; however, I'm wondering if there is a way to do this
> without passing anything to the function.


x1 = some_module.afunction()

This has the advantage that in some other script you can decide to give the 
variable a meaningful name, and it doesn't have to be the same as the name 
you used in your first script.

You can easily extend this technique to set several variables in the 
calling script:

x1, y2, z3 = some_module.afunction()

You don't even have to restrict yourself to global variables, this 
technique will even work to let the function set variables in another 
function's local namespace or attributes on some arbitrary object.

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