Modify a string's value

s0suk3 at s0suk3 at
Wed Jul 16 06:32:49 CEST 2008

On Jul 15, 6:46 pm, Larry Bates < at`> wrote:
> s0s... at wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > I've heard that a 'str' object is immutable. But is there *any* way to
> > modify a string's internal value?
> > Thanks,
> > Sebastian
> Why would you care?  Just create a new string (with the changed contents) and
> let garbage collection take care of the old one when all the references to it
> have gone away.  Since these types of questions seem to appear almost every day
> on this list, this Python stuff is so much different than old languages people
> have hard time making the conceptual "jump".  You can basically quite worrying
> about how/where things are stored, they just are.

Thanks for the reply. It's not that I'm having a hard time learning
Python. I've been programming it for some time. I just came across
this unusual situation where I'd like to modify a string passed to a
function, which seems impossible since Python passes arguments by
value. (Whereas in C, you'd customarily pass a pointer to the first
character in the string.)

I was playing around trying to simulate C++-like stream operations:

import sys
from os import linesep as endl

class PythonCout:
    def __lshift__(self, obj):
        return self

    def __repr__(self):
        return "<cout>"

cout = PythonCout()
cout << "hello" << endl

But then trying to simulate cin:

class PythonCin:
    def __rshift__(self, string):
        string = sys.stdin.readline() # which doesn't make sense

line = ""
cin >> line

And there goes the need to modify a string. :)

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