ValueError vs IndexError, unpacking arguments with string.split
Morten W. Petersen
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Sun Dec 2 06:36:17 EST 2018
On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 2:23 AM Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 11:55 AM Morten W. Petersen <morphex at gmail.com>
> > On Sat, Dec 1, 2018 at 1:11 AM Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> On Sat, Dec 1, 2018 at 10:55 AM Morten W. Petersen <morphex at gmail.com>
> >> > But this raises the question of how to write Python code,
> >> > short and sweet, that could handle infinite iterators in
> >> > such an unpack with multiple variables to assign to.
> >> >
> >> > Which I guess is mostly theoretical, as there are other
> >> > ways of designing code to avoid needing to unpack
> >> > an infinite iterator using the * prefix.
> >> It could only be done with the cooperation of the iterable in
> >> question. For instance, a range object could implement a "remove
> >> first" operation that does this, and several itertools types wouldn't
> >> need to change at all. But it can't be done generically other than the
> >> way it now is (pump the iterator the rest of the way).
> > I wasn't able to follow this, could you elaborate?
> The way *x works in unpacking is that the entire iterable gets
> unpacked, and everything gets put into a list that is then assigned to
> x. This is generic, works on any iterable, but doesn't take advantage
> of anything. Consider:
> >>> x = range(3, 20, 5)
> >>> first, *rest = x
> >>> first
> >>> rest
> [8, 13, 18]
> If a range object were asked to yield its first-and-rest in this way,
> it could instead return range(8, 20, 5) - add the step onto the start,
> job done. Same if you ask for some off the beginning and some off the
> end And with a number of the itertools iterables/iterators, the "rest"
> wouldn't actually need to change anything, since the iterator will get
> consumed. This would need explicit support from the iterable, though,
> as Python can't know how to do this generically; so there would need
> to be a protocol for "unpack".
Aha, yes - I see.
While we're on the subject, I did a test in my Python interpreter:
Python 3.6.7 (default, Oct 22 2018, 11:32:17)
[GCC 8.2.0] on linux
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range(0, 3, 100)
Where a range with a step, gives the length 1, while a plain range gives
the right length.
I think that's confusing and inconsistent, and it would be nice to have some
"value to be calculated" for the length integer as well.
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