Question about `list.insert`

Asaf Las roegltd at
Fri Feb 7 06:18:28 CET 2014

On Friday, February 7, 2014 6:52:24 AM UTC+2, Dan Stromberg wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM, cool-RR <ra... at> wrote:
> I'm pretty sure it'll slide all the existing elements right one
> position, and add at the leftmost position just opened up - assuming
> you're inserting at position 0.
> As was already mentioned, collections.deque is good for this sort of
> thing.  It's implemented as a fancy doubly-linked list. Or rather, a
> doubly-linked list of smallish arrays/lists.
> For a singly-linked list:

the Py list is just 2 members (as declared in corresponding header)
structure where only one double pointer serves addressing towards most 
probably dynamically allocated array of pointers towards python 
objects. so adding could expensive as it should copy all pointers 
in array into new bigger one during expanding as array needs to be 
contiguous. so it looks more array than list. but i could be wrong in 
my conclusion.


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