[Tutor] Duplicating lists in variables?

Joseph J. Strout joe@strout.net
Fri, 17 Sep 1999 12:10:31 -0700

>When I append bar, IOW, foo gets modified too. Is there a way for me to
>actually *duplicate* a list?

But of course!  You could use the copy module, which can copy 
anything.  But there's a sneaky way to use the slice operator which 
is more common:

bar = foo[:]

This works because the slice operator returns a new list which is a 
subset of the original.  But if the subset starts at the beginning, 
and continues till the end, then it happens to be a copy of the 
entire list!

-- Joe

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