[Python-3000] The future of exceptions

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Mon Sep 4 01:19:55 CEST 2006

On 9/3/06, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> Brett Cannon wrote:
> > Basically.  Memory usage goes up if you do this as it stands now.
> I'm not sure I follow that. The traceback gets created anyway,
> so how is it going to use more memory if it's attached to a
> throwaway exception instead of kept in a sys variable?

It won't.

If you keep the exception around, that would keep the
> traceback too, but how often are exceptions kept for long
> periods after being caught?

Not very, but I didn't make this argument to begin with, other people did.
It was a sticking point when the idea was first put forth.  I personally
supported adding the attributes, but people kept pushing against it.

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