Why don't optional mutable objects show up in vars(func)?

Sean Hammond s0094060 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Wed Sep 27 19:22:27 CEST 2006

On Wed, 2006-09-27 at 09:32 -0700, dannycolligan at gmail.com wrote:
> So I just got bitten by the "don't use a mutable object as an optional
> argument" gotcha.  I now realize that for this function:
> >>> def func(x, y=[]):
> ...     y.append(x)
> ...     print y
> ...
> y is initialized when the function is imported, not when the function
> is executed.

I thought it was initialised the first time the function gets called?

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