[Python-Dev] Re: String module

Kevin Jacobs jacobs@penguin.theopalgroup.com
Fri, 31 May 2002 11:33:53 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 31 May 2002, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > > > By the way, I wonder why the `_' in `sys._getframe()'.
> > > To discourage people from using it.
> > Why was it introduced then, since there was already a way without it?
> Because there are legitimate uses -- mostly in the area of
> introspection or debugging -- and the existing way (catching an
> exception) was clumsy.

Clumsy and broken -- the old trick destroys the current exception context,
so it is not safe to use in places where that side-effect is undesirable
(which is all of the places I actually wanted to use it).


Kevin Jacobs
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