Duplicating a variable

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at wtf.websiteburo.oops.com
Thu Jan 24 18:50:52 CET 2008

hnessenospam at yahoo.com a écrit :
> I have run into a bit of a subtle problem.  How do I go about
> duplicating a variable (particularly a list of lists) in python.

using the deepcopy function of the copy module.

>  I
> was surprised when simple assignment didn't work. For example, let y =
> [1,2,3]
>>>> x = y
>>>> x[2] = 5
>>>> y
> [1,2,5]

Python only uses object references. It never copy anything unless 
explicitely asked for.

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