simultaneous assignment

Heiko Wundram me+python at
Tue May 2 22:52:56 CEST 2006

Am Dienstag 02 Mai 2006 22:39 schrieb Edward Elliott:
> Which raises an interesting parallel question:  is there a way to clone an
> arbitrary object?

Yes, check the copy module.

copy.copy() does a shallow copy of the parameter, copy.deepcopy() a deep copy 
of the parameter. For the difference between the two, check the manual. 
(basically, a deep copy copies the whole object tree for container objects 
such as lists/tuples/dicts/instances, a shallow copy copies only the topmost 

> <snip...>
> but not small ones:
> >>> a = 5
> >>> b = a + 0
> >>> id(a) == id(b)
> True

What sense is there cloning integers/strings? Integer and string objects are 
immutable in Python, so why'd you want to have different IDs for an object of 
the same value? It's the value you're working with in a program, not the 
objects ID. At least it should be, if you're truly intent on working with the 
(pseudo-random) object-ID, something with your design is really, really 

--- Heiko.

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