Finding the name of a function while defining it

Tim Roberts timr at
Thu Dec 27 05:52:15 CET 2012

Abhas Bhattacharya <abhasbhattacharya2 at> wrote:
>While I am defining a function, how can I access the name (separately as
>string as well as object) of the function without explicitly naming 
>it(hard-coding the name)?
>For eg. I am writing like:
>def abc():
>    #how do i access the function abc here without hard-coding the name?

Why?  Of what value would that be?

Note that I'm not merely being obstructionist here.  What you're asking
here is not something that a Python programmer would normally ask.  The
compiled code in a function, for example, exists as an object without a
name.  That unnamed object can be bound to one or more function names, but
the code doesn't know that.  Example:

def one():
    print( "Here's one" )

two = one

That creates one function object, bound to two names.  What name would you
expect to grab inside the function?

Even more obscure:

two = lamba : "one"
one = two

Which one of these is the "name" of the function?
Tim Roberts, timr at
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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