Kirke Kirke - 1 year ago 51
Python Question

Remove nested keys and move value to main dictionary keys

I have a problem when I try to merge two dictionaries to fit for doing a post later. For some reason the get seems to be nested and Im not sure how to clean it up. Would be great to get some tips on optimizing the code as well, right now it looks a bit messy.

for network in networks:

post_dict = {e1:e2 for e1,e2 in network['extattrs'].iteritems() if e1 not in keys }
pprint (post_dict['Stuff-Name']['value'])

post_dict['name'] = post_dict.pop('Stuff-Name')
post_dict['sid'] = post_dict.pop('Stuff-id')

dict_to_post = merge_two_dicts(post_dict, default_keys)


{u'_ref': u'ref number',
u'comment': u'Name of object',
u'extattrs': {u'Network-Type': {u'value': u'Internal'},
u'Stuff-Id': {u'value': 110},
u'Stuff-Name': {u'value': u'Name of object'}},
u'network': u'Subnet-A',
u'network_view': u'default'}


default_keys = {'status':'Active',


{'name': {u'value': u'Name of object'},
'sid': {u'value': 110}}

So what I want to achive is to get rid of the nested keys (within key "name" and "sid" so the key and value pair should be "name: Name of object" and "sid: 110"

The post function is not yet defined.

Answer Source

In my understanding, you case is really specific and I would probably go for a easy & dirty solution. First of all have you tried this:

post_dict['name'] = (post_dict.pop('Stuff-Name'))['value']

Secondly, how about making use of the "filter and renaming" and collapse the indexing there? This is not advisable, but if you are trying to do a lazy work-around it will suffice. I recommend you go with my first suggestion, as I'm pretty confident that it will solve your issue.

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