Can global variable be passed into Python function?

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sat Mar 1 18:30:41 CET 2014

On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 4:23 AM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at> wrote:
> Ben Finney <ben+python at>:
>> No. I'm telling you that ‘is’ is *wrong* for comparing strings,
>> because it is unreliable.
> No, it isn't as long as the string object references have a common
> assignment "pedigree." Assignment (including parameter passing) is
> guaranteed to preserve identity of any object.

Of course it is, but your identity tests also depend on there NOT
being a common object when there is NOT an "assignment pedigree". The
positive is guaranteed; the negative is not. And if you don't care
about a false positive - that is, that some other string with the same
value matches - then what you actually want is equality, not identity,


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