Checking if type == list in python

I may be having a brain fart here, but I really can't figure out what's wrong with my code:

    for key in tmpDict:
        print type(tmpDict[key])
            print 'this is never visible'

the output is <type 'list'> but the if statement never triggers. Can anyone spot my error here?

Your issue is that you have re-defined list as a variable previously in your code. This means that when you do type(tmpDict[key])==list if will return False because they aren't equal.

That being said, you should instead use isinstance(tmpDict[key], list) when testing the type of something, this won't avoid the problem of overwriting list but is a more Pythonic way of checking the type.