Can global variable be passed into Python function?

Ben Finney ben+python at
Sat Mar 1 14:03:32 CET 2014

Marko Rauhamaa <marko at> writes:

> Ben Finney <ben+python at>:
> > Use ‘==’, since that's all that matters for getting a value that will
> > work fine.
> You are telling me to use '==' if I choose string objects and 'is' if I
> choose some other objects.

No. I'm telling you that ‘is’ is *wrong* for comparing strings, because
it is unreliable.

> I prefer a solution that works regardless of what objects I choose for
> identifiers.

Some languages have a “symbol” type, whose values can be directly
compared. Python doesn't have such a type. If you want to use strings as
a substitute, go ahead: they work fine.

But compare strings by *equality*, not identity, because it's their
*values* which will be the identifiers. Their object identity will not
be reliably comparable.

That's what everyone has been telling you all along, for reasons already

> There really is no taboo against string object identity if you know what
> you are doing.

You, as has been amply demonstrated, do not, despite your dogmatic

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