Infinitely nested containers

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 08:03:49 CET 2014


On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Gill Shen <gillarete at gmail.com> wrote:
> How is this behavior implemented under the hood? And why is this allowed at all? Is it just a curiosity or can you do something useful with it?

Simple: The list contains itself. When you dereference the list, you
get back the original list. It does have value; you just have to be
careful of any recursive operation like printing it out - the repr()
for a list carefully checks for this.

ChrisA



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