[Python-Dev] The memo of pickle

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Wed, 07 Aug 2002 15:48:22 +0200

Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>I think that the tuple is not the problem here, it's the
>>fact that so many objects are recorded in the memo to
>>later rebuild recursive structures.
>>Now, I believe that recursive structures in pickles are
>>not very common, so the memo is mostly useless in these
> Use cPickle, it's much more frugal with the memo, and also has some
> options to control the memo (read the docs, I forget the details and
> am in a hurry).

Just to clarify: I don't have a problem with the memo
in pickle at all :-) Martin brought up this issue.

>>Perhaps pickle could grow an option to assume that a
>>data structure is non-recursive ?! In that case, no
>>data would be written to the memo (or only the id()
>>mapped to 1 to double-check).
> The memo is also for sharing.  There's no recursion in this example,
> but the sharing may be important:
> a = [1,2,3]
> b = [a,a,a]

Right. I don't think these references are too common in pickles.
Zope Corp should know much more about this, I guess, since ZODB
is all about pickleing.

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