Author ubershmekel
Recipients darrell, ubershmekel
Date 2012-05-04.06:06:19
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This isn't a bug and should be closed. It's more of a stack overflow question.

If you'd like to change this fundamental behavior of a very common operation in python you should make a proposal to the python ideas mailing list at

In your example board_2 is equivalent to:

    row = [0] * N
    board_2 = row * N

All the rows are the same initial row. As opposed to board_1 where each row is a new row.

Try this:

    [id(i) for i in board_2]

The initial equivalence is because they do represent the same values (NxN list of all zeroes). What should python compare if not by values?
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