cascading python executions only if return code is 0

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sun Dec 22 20:31:21 CET 2013

On 22/12/2013 19:17, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <mailman.4500.1387739297.18130.python-list at>,
>   Frank Cui <ycui at> wrote:
>> hey guys,
>> I have a requirement where I need to sequentially execute a bunch of
>> executions, each execution has a return code. the followed executions should
>> only be executed if the return code is 0. is there a cleaner or more pythonic
>> way to do this other than the following ?
>> if a() == 0:    if b() == 0:        c()
>> Thanks for your input.
>> frank 		 	   		
> Yup!  Just do:
> a() or b() or c()
> The "or" operation has what's known as "short-circuit" semantics.  That
> means, if the first operand is true, it doesn't evaluate the second
> operand.  Just make sure that a(), b(), and c() all return something
> which is true if they succeed and false otherwise.

Really? :)

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Mark Lawrence

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