Is there a better way to code variable number of return arguments?

Christian Heimes lists at
Thu Oct 8 18:52:37 CEST 2009

Dr. Phillip M. Feldman schrieb:
> I currently have a function that uses a list internally but then returns the
> list items as separate return
> values as follows:
> if len(result)==1: return result[0]
> if len(result)==2: return result[0], result[1]
> (and so on).  Is there a cleaner way to accomplish the same thing?

You can simply "return result". If you want to make sure that you return
a copy of the internal list, do "return list(result)" or "return


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