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Hanno Schlichting wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM, Pedro Ferreira
> <jose.pedro.ferre...@cern.ch> wrote:
>> Could this be some problem with using persistent objects as keys in a BTree?
>> Some comparison problem?
> 
> I'm not entirely sure about this, but I think using persistent objects
> as keys isn't supported. Looking at the code, I doubt using anything
> expect simple types like unicode strings or tuples of simple types
> will work without further work.
> 
>>From what I can see in the code, BTree's use functions like
> PyObject_Compare to compare different keys. Persistent doesn't
> implement any special compare function and falls back to the standard
> hash algorithm for an object. This happens to be its memory address.
> The memory address obviously changes over time and the same address
> gets reused for different objects.
> 
> I think implementing a stable hash function for your type could make
> this work though.
> 
> The ZODB gods correct me please :)

Btrees require "comparability", rather than "hashability":  your
persistent type needs to define a total ordering[1], which typically
means defining '__cmp__' for your class.  You could also define just
'__eq__' and '__lt__', but '__cmp__' is slightly more efficient.


[1]http://www.zodb.org/documentation/guide/modules.html#total-ordering-and-persistence


Tres.
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