[New-bugs-announce] [issue32377] Difference in ressurrection behavior with __del__ in py2 vs. py3

Eric Cousineau report at bugs.python.org
Tue Dec 19 11:29:59 EST 2017

New submission from Eric Cousineau <eric.cousineau at tri.global>:

Due to how `PyObject_CallFinalizer` is written in python3, `__del__` will only *ever* be called once.

In my use case, I am experimenting with a feature in `pybind11` to prevent slicing with Python class instances that inherit from pybind11-C++ base classes, which involves detecting when an instance loses all reference in Python (`Py_REFCNT(...) == 0`) but still has reference in C++ (`shared_ptr::count() > 0`), and reviving the Python portion when this situation happens.

In python2, I could do this without a hitch, as a resurrected object could have its `__del__` method called multiple times (through `tp_dealloc` I believe?). But in python3, the object is marked with `_PyGC_SET_FINALIZED(...)`, thus preventing `__del__` from being called again.

It'd be nice to either (a) somehow allow `__del__` to be called naturally without too much fuss or, at the least, (b) have this reflected in the documentation:

See attached `revive_test`. Example execution:

$ python2 ./revive_test.py 
[ Done ]

$ python3 ./revive_test.py 
[ Done ]

assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
files: revive_test.py
messages: 308660
nosy: Eric Cousineau, docs at python
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Difference in ressurrection behavior with __del__ in py2 vs. py3
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6
Added file: https://bugs.python.org/file47339/revive_test.py

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