[triangle-zpug] why is this using a lot of memory?

Bradley A. Crittenden brad.crittenden at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 15:55:40 UTC 2008

On Mar 25, 2008, at 11:23 , Joseph Mack NA3T wrote:

> intervals=10000000 #some large number
> height=0
> for x in range(0, intervals):
> 	height+=x


Try changing 'range' to 'xrange'.  The former returns the entire list  
while the latter is an iterator, therefore it doesn't consume much  


> (I get the same result whether running interactive or from a
> file with the above code)
> For a sufficiently large value of "intervals" the program
> exits immediately with a MemoryError. For slightly smaller
> values, the program takes up most of the memory of the
> machine. I would have thought that you'd only be allocating
> a couple of variables. What am I missing? Am I allocating an
> "intervals" number of something, rather than a single
> variable with a large value?
> thanks Joe
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