Title: Weird string comparison bug
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Unicode Versions: Python 3.7, Python 3.6, Python 3.3, Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: not a bug
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: eryksun, ezio.melotti, mingrammer, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2016-10-20 04:03 by mingrammer, last changed 2016-10-20 04:33 by eryksun. This issue is now closed.

Messages (2)
msg279011 - (view) Author: MinJae Kwon (mingrammer) * Date: 2016-10-20 04:03
I found bug i think about string comparison

> var1 = 'aa'
> var1 is 'aa' # This is True

But if the string literal has special chacter (e.g., colon), the comparison results in False

> var2 = ':bb'
> var2 is ':bb' # This is False

Check it please.
msg279014 - (view) Author: Eryk Sun (eryksun) * (Python triager) Date: 2016-10-20 04:33
Interning of strings is an implementation detail for the efficient storage of variable and attribute names. A string with ':' in it cannot be a variable or attribute name and thus is not interned. But you don't need to know which strings are interned or why they're interned because correct Python code should never compare strings by identity. Use an equality comparison, e.g. (var2 == ':bb'). Generally identity comparisons are of limited use in Python, such as checking for a singleton object such as None.
Date User Action Args
2016-10-20 04:33:01eryksunsetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + eryksun
messages: + msg279014

resolution: not a bug
stage: resolved
2016-10-20 04:03:48mingrammercreate