variable question

Russell Blau russblau at
Wed Jul 9 22:41:17 CEST 2008

"Support Desk" <support.desk.ipg at> wrote in message 
news:01da01c8e1fb$7615a4f0$a701a8c0 at

> I am trying to assign a variable using an if / else statement like so:

> If condition1:
>             Variable = something
> If condition2:
>             Variable = something else
> Do stuff with variable.
> But the variable assignment doesn't survive outside the if statement. Is 
> there
> any better way to assign variables using an if statement or exception so I 
> don't
> have to write two almost identical if statements. This is probably a dumb
> question.

The variable assignment should survive outside the if statements:

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Feb 21 2008, 13:11:45) [MSC v.1310 32 bit (Intel)] 
on win32
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>>> if "yes" == "no":
        value = "impossible"

>>> if "no" == "no":
        value = "possible"

>>> print value

You probably want to watch out for the possibility that both Condition1 and 
Condition2 are false; otherwise, you will get a NameError when you try to 
access Variable without initializing it.

(By the way, as a matter of style, Python variable names are usually written 
in all lower-case letters.)


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