Singleton implementation problems

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Fri Jul 4 09:12:49 CEST 2008

Peter Otten <__peter__ at> writes:

> The problem is the structure of your program. The myset module is
> imported twice by Python, once as "myset" and once as "__main__".

Yes, this is the problem. Each module imports the other.

> Therefore you get two distinct MySet classes, and consequently two
> distinct MySet.__instance class attributes.

Are you sure? This goes against my understanding: that 'import foo'
will not re-import a module that's already been imported, but will
instead simply return the existing module.

So, I think if one evaluated 'myset is __main__', you'd find they are
exactly the same module under different names; and therefore that
there is only *one* instance of 'MySet', again under two names.

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