Convert obejct string repr to actual object

English, Mark Mark.English at
Mon Oct 15 17:48:27 CEST 2007

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On 12 Oct, 18:14, Carsten Haese <cars... at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-10-12 at 17:41 +0100, English, Mark wrote:
> > > From: Tor Erik Sønvisen
> > > Date: October 8th 2007
> > > I've tried locating some code that can recreate an object from
> > > it's string representation...
> > On a related note I've wondered about this:
> > >>> class Foo(object): pass
> > >>> f = Foo()
> > >>> s = repr(f)
> > >>> s
> > '<__main__.Foo object at 0x007CBAB0>'
> > So how do I get f back from s ?
> I can't help but wonder, do you often find yourself having to locate an
> object from its hexadecimal address?
Never. This just didn't feel particularly repr-ish to me:
"For many types, this function makes an attempt to return a string that would yield an
 object with the same value when passed to eval()"

I was just asking in case I was missing some mechanism which made new style class
instances fall under the heading of "many types" in this context.

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