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keying by identity in dict and set

On Sat, Oct 19, 2019, at 07:31, Steve White wrote:
> Hi,
> I have an application that would benefit from object instances
> distinguished by identity being used in dict's and set's. To do this,
> the __hash__ method must be overridden, the obvious return value being
> the instance's id.
> This works flawlessly in extensive tests on several platforms, and on
> a couple of different Python versions and implementations.
> The documentation seems to preclude a second requirement, however.
> I also want to use the == operator on these objects to mean a natural
> comparison of values, different from identity, so that two instances
> comparing equivalent does not imply that they are identical.

I'd like to jump in to this thread to note that while this is reasonably easily achieved with a custom mapping class that uses a dict along with a wrapper class that stores the identity...

I once tried to make a WeakKeyDictionary that was keyed by identity and had no end of trouble.