[Python-Dev] Last call: mortal interned strings

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 16 Aug 2002 14:58:36 -0400


I'm beginning to be convinced that mortal interned strings are a good
idea.  I've uploaded a patch that defaults interned strings to mortal
status unless explicitly requested with
PyString_InternImmortal(). There are no calls to that function in the

I'm very tempted to check this in and see how it goes.  It's not that
hard to change our mind about the default closer to the 2.3 release

Any objections?

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)