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Why is there no goto?

You can use exceptions to provide a “structured goto” that even works across function calls. Many feel that exceptions can conveniently emulate all reasonable uses of the “go” or “goto” constructs of C, Fortran, and other languages. For example:

class label: pass # declare a label

     if (condition): raise label() # goto label
except label: # where to goto

This doesn’t allow you to jump into the middle of a loop, but that’s usually considered an abuse of goto anyway. Use sparingly.

(For serious abuse, see this goto implementation. This uses the sys.settrace debugger hook to emulate not only goto but also comefrom. Please do not use in real code!)

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