On 2017-03-20 20:23, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
On Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:28:29 +0100 Oleg Nesterov firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I started to learn python a few days ago and I am trying to understand what __del__() actually does. https://docs.python.org/3/reference/datamodel.html says:
object.__del__(self) ... Note that it is possible (though not recommended!) for the __del__() method to postpone destruction of the instance by creating a new reference to it. It may then be called at a later time when this new reference is deleted.
This sentence is not technically wrong, but it can easily be misleading. It says "it *may* then be called at a later time" and probably it should say "it may or may not be called at a later time, depending on the Python implementation you are using".
I don't think I'd say it's misleading, but only that it might be misunderstood.