weird iteration/assignment problem

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Fri Jun 13 17:07:30 CEST 2008

cirfu schrieb:
> for i in xrange(0, len(texts)):
>         texts[i] = "yes"
> for i in texts:
>     i = "no"
> why is the first one working but not the second. i mean i see why the
> firts one works but i dont udnerstand why the second doesnt.

Because in the second you only bind the contents of texts to a name i.

But that doesn't mean that i magically became an "alias" for 
texts[index] - it just happens to point at the same object.

To accomplish what you want, the pythonic idiom is to use enumerate:

for i, text in enumerate(texts):
     text[i] = "yes"


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