Fix Python – Common use-cases for pickle in Python

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Asked By – satoru

I’ve looked at the pickle documentation, but I don’t understand where pickle is useful.

What are some common use-cases for pickle?

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Some uses that I have come across:

1) saving a program’s state data to disk so that it can carry on where it left off when restarted (persistence)

2) sending python data over a TCP connection in a multi-core or distributed system (marshalling)

3) storing python objects in a database

4) converting an arbitrary python object to a string so that it can be used as a dictionary key (e.g. for caching & memoization).

There are some issues with the last one – two identical objects can be pickled and result in different strings – or even the same object pickled twice can have different representations. This is because the pickle can include reference count information.

To emphasise @lunaryorn’s comment – you should never unpickle a string from an untrusted source, since a carefully crafted pickle could execute arbitrary code on your system. For example see https://blog.nelhage.com/2011/03/exploiting-pickle/

This question is answered By – Dave Kirby

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