[New-bugs-announce] [issue11257] asyncore stores unnecessary object references

Марк Коренберг report at bugs.python.org
Sun Feb 20 16:44:06 CET 2011

New submission from Марк Коренберг <socketpair at gmail.com>:

    def add_channel(self, map=None):
        #self.log_info('adding channel %s' % self)
        if map is None:
            map = self._map
        map[self._fileno] = self

As we see, it add itself to a map, creating unnecessary refences to 'self'.

Such code should be rewritten via weakref. Now it's unknown when object will garbage collected. For example, if someone forget to call close(), object will stuck, eating file descriptor and memory... 

When using weakref, we may guarantee (via callback fcuntion), that we call close() when last reference to object has been lost. Also, such behaviour guarantee, that object will be garbage collected when last user's reference has gone.

To approve my thoughts, see code:
class MyServer(asyncore.dispatcher):
    def __init__(self, listenaddr):
        self.create_socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
    def handle_accept(self):
        while 1:
            if r is None:
As we see, we create a new instance via my_conn_handler(), and we do not store reference to it, but object will not be garbage collected. It's unexpected behaviour.

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 128909
nosy: mmarkk
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: asyncore stores unnecessary object references
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.1, Python 3.2, Python 3.3

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