Finding size of Variable

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sat Feb 8 14:17:08 CET 2014

On 08/02/2014 02:48, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:51:54 -0800, wxjmfauth wrote:
>> Sorry, I'm only pointing you may lose memory when working with short
>> strings as it was explained. I really, very really, do not see what is
>> absurd or obsure in:
>>>>> sys.getsizeof('abc' + 'EURO')
>> 46
>>>>> sys.getsizeof(('abc' + 'EURO').encode('utf-32'))
>> 37
> Why do you care about NINE bytes? The least amount of memory in any PC
> that I know about is 500000000 bytes, more than fifty million times more.
> And you are whinging about wasting nine bytes?
> If you care about that lousy nine bytes, Python is not the language for
> you. Go and program in C, where you can spent ten or twenty times longer
> programming, but save nine bytes in every string.
> Nobody cares about your memory "benchmark" except you. Python is not
> designed to save memory, Python is designed to use as much memory as
> needed to give the programmer an easier job. In C, I can store a single
> integer in a single byte. In Python, horror upon horrors, it takes 14
> bytes!!!
> py> sys.getsizeof(1)
> 14
> We consider it A GOOD THING that Python spends memory for programmer
> convenience and safety. Python looks for memory optimizations when it can
> save large amounts of memory, not utterly trivial amounts. So in a Python
> wide build, a ten-thousand block character string requires a little bit
> more than 40KB. In Python 3.3, that can be reduced to only 10KB for a
> purely Latin-1 string, or 20K for a string without any astral characters.
> That's the sort of memory savings that are worthwhile, reducing memory
> usage by 75%.
> Could Python save memory by using UTF-8? Yes. But it would cost
> complexity and time, strings would be even slower than they are now. That
> is not a trade-off that the core developers have chosen to make, and I
> agree with them.

This is a C +1 to save memory when compared against this Python +1 :)

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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