Negative array indicies and slice()

Ethan Furman ethan at
Thu Nov 1 21:55:46 CET 2012

Ian Kelly wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 5:32 AM, Andrew Robinson wrote:
>> Don't bother to fix the bug; allow Python to crash with a subtle bug that often take weeks to track down by the very small minority doing strange things (Equivalent to the "monkey patch" syndrome of D'Aprano; BTW: The longer the bug is left unfixed, the more people will invent "uses" for it )
> It's been 6 years already.  AFAIK nobody has invented any uses that
> are actually at risk of invoking the GC bug.

The bug is not that slice allows non-numbers, but that slice objects aren't tracked by gc; I'm not 
seeing an issue with not fixing the bug.


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