Singleton implementation problems

Matthew Fitzgibbons elessar at
Fri Jul 4 09:52:04 CEST 2008

Ben Finney wrote:
> 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.

You can see that they're distinct by checking the addresses (the 
instances in the OP also have different addresses). Besides, __main__ 
isn't imported normally.


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