Why no warnings when re-assigning builtin names?

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 18:15:01 EDT 2011

On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM, Gerrat Rickert
<grickert at coldstorage.com> wrote:
> With surprising regularity, I see program postings (eg. on StackOverflow)
> from inexperienced Python users  accidentally re-assigning built-in names.
> For example, they’ll innocently call some variable, “list”, and assign a
> list of items to it.

It's actually masking, not reassigning. That may make it easier or
harder to resolve the issue.

If you want a future directive that deals with it, I'd do it the other
way - from __future__ import mask_builtin_warning or something - so
the default remains as it currently is. But this may be a better job
for a linting script.


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