New submission from Zahari Dim:

The globals() notification states:

Return a dictionary representing the current global symbol table.[...]

This doc and the fact that globals() is called as a function made me think that 
globals() returns a copy of the global namespace dict, rather than an object 
that could be used to actually modify the namespace. I don't find obvious the 
meaning of "representing" in this context.

This of course led to a very nasty and sneaky bug in my code.

The docs of locals() don't seem clear to me either, thought at least it seems 
to imply that it is actually modifying the namespace.

assignee: docs@python
components: Documentation
messages: 204052
nosy: Zahari.Dim, docs@python
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Documentation of globals() and locals() should be improved

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