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delete-full-slice (FURB131)#

Derived from the refurb linter.

Fix is sometimes available.

This rule is unstable and in preview. The --preview flag is required for use.

What it does#

Checks for del statements that delete the entire slice of a list or dictionary.

Why is this bad?#

It is faster and more succinct to remove all items via the clear() method.

Known problems#

This rule is prone to false negatives due to type inference limitations, as it will only detect lists and dictionaries that are instantiated as literals or annotated with a type annotation.


names = {"key": "value"}
nums = [1, 2, 3]

del names[:]
del nums[:]

Use instead:

names = {"key": "value"}
nums = [1, 2, 3]