modifying a list element from a function

TP Tribulations at Paralleles.invalid
Fri Mar 27 10:39:17 CET 2009

Hi everybody,

Be a the following list, containing list elements which second field is a

>>> a = [ [4, "toto"], [5, "cou"] ]
>>> a[0][1]="tou"
>>> a
[[4, 'tou'], [5, 'cou']]


Now, I want:
* to do the same modification on the list "a" within a function
* not to hardcode in this function the position of the string in each
element of a.

At first sight, we think at defining a function like this:

def assign( text_accessor, list_elem, new_textvalue ):

    text_accessor( list_elem ) = new_textvalue

and then doing:

assign( lambda elem: elem[1], a[0], "co" )

But it does not work, we obtain:

    text_accessor( list_elem ) = new_textvalue
SyntaxError: can't assign to function call

In fact, we should work on the address of text_accessor( list_elem ). How to
do that?


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