Namedtuples: some unexpected inconveniences

Deborah Swanson python at
Thu Apr 13 03:03:36 EDT 2017

Peter Otten wrote, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:35 PM
> Deborah Swanson wrote:
> > It's a small point, but I suspect getattr(record, label) 
> would still 
> > fail, even if label's value is 'label' and only 'label', but what's 
> > the point of having a variable if it will only ever have just one 
> > value?
> You are misunderstanding. Your getattr() call fails because you have
> label = "label"
> burried somewhere in your code. As soon as you change that to
> label = <insert an existing attribute name here>
> the error will go away. 

Yes, the error goes away, but now getattr(record, label) is useless for
processing field names, unless you want to write a line of code for each
one. (I have 17 field names, and forget about passing label to a

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