Handling NameError in a list gracefully

Jesse Aldridge JesseAldridge at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 22:36:36 CEST 2009

from my_paths import *

def get_selected_paths():
    return [home, desktop, project1, project2]


So I have a function like this which returns a list containing a bunch
of variables.  The real list has around 50 entries.  Occasionally I'll
remove a variable from my_paths and cause get_selected_paths to throw
a NameError.  For example, say I delete the "project1" variable from
my_paths; now I'll get a NameError when I call get_selected_paths.
So everything that depends on the get_selected_paths function is
crashing.  I am wondering if there is an easy way to just ignore the
variable if it's not found.  So, in the example case I would want to
somehow handle the exception in a way that I end up returning just
[home, desktop, project2].
Yes, I realize there are a number of ways to reimplement this, but I'm
wanting to get it working with minimal changes to the code.  Any

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