[Python-Dev] Re: [Python-checkins]python/dist/src/Modules gcmodule.c,,

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 08 Apr 2003 14:06:47 -0400

> This further confirms my opinion that __del__ methods are evil, and
> the language would be the better for their complete removal.

No can do.  There must be a way to force e.g. calling os.close() for
an integer file descriptor returned by os.open() without writing C
code.  But this should be exceedingly rare.

A quick inspection of the standard library found one other case:
flushing buffered data out.  I think that's also a valid use of

> Failing that, perhaps they should be made a bit less dynamic, so
> that the GC can make reasonable assumptions about their existence
> without having to execute Python code.


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