[Ironpython-users] _weakref.cs fixes

Kuno Meyer kuno.meyer at gmx.ch
Mon May 4 13:13:17 CEST 2015

Dear all

I'd like to propose https://github.com/kunom/ipy-weakref (the ipy-27-maint
branch) to be included into the main IronPython code base. It fixes for me
various random SystemError and ValueError exceptions in the _weakref.cs module.

Please note that while my patch changes (and hopefully improves) some
aspects in _weakref.cs, I still do think that _weakref.cs has several
critical issues:

- There is absolutely no locking on the internal data structures, which
makes me think that there could be various runtime issues in a multithreaded
environment. (However, this does not directly apply to the Finalizer thread
since to my knowledge all user threads are suspended during finalization.)

- The weakref collection callback is invoked on the .NET finalizer thread. I
am not sure whether this is what user code expects. At least there is a high
potential of dead-locking the finalizer thread, which is not the nicest
thing to do. (Maybe we should issue a warning on direct calls to
GC.WaitForPendingFinalizers(), similar to what is printed when calling

Other remarks:

- The weakref/weakrefset test case brought up in the mailing list on Apr 13
passes with my changes.

- The standard library weakref tests pass with the same number of failures
as before

- Please note that I am unexperienced with git/GitHub as well as with the
IronPython code base, so please show some patience...


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