Remove comma from tuples in python.

Travis Griggs travisgriggs at
Fri Feb 21 18:48:42 CET 2014

On Feb 21, 2014, at 6:32 AM, Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:

> In article <mailman.7230.1392992078.18130.python-list at>,
> Peter Otten <__peter__ at> wrote:
>> [x*x for (x,) in lst]
>> [paraphrasing...] can be better written as:
>> [x*x for [x] in items]
> I'm torn between, "Yes, the second form is distinctly easier to read" 
> and, "If you think the second form is easier to read, you're admitting 
> you're not really fluent in Python”.

I’ve used the comma form with struct.unpack() frequently:

count, = struct.unpack(‘!I’, self.packet)

That’s after I don’t use it and end up scratching my head for a while and finally remember that unpack returns a tuple regardless of how many things I unpack from it. It’s just natural if you’re doing lots of single unpacks to think it returns a single value. Either way, I much prefer it to:

count = struct.unpack(‘!I’, self.packet)[0]

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