[Python-Dev] pre-PEP: Resource-Release Support for Generators

Samuele Pedroni pedronis at bluewin.ch
Wed Aug 27 00:20:43 EDT 2003

At 13:50 26.08.2003 -0700, Guido van Rossum wrote:

>The spec needs to define clearly what should happen if the generator
>catches and ignores the exception, e.g.:
>   def forever():
>       while True:
>           try:
>               yield None
>           except:
>               pass
>   f = forever()
>   f.next()
>   f.close()
>Clearly at this point the generator reaches the yield again.  What
>should happen then?  Should it suspend so that a subsequent call to
>f.next() can receive another value?  Or should reaching yield after
>the generator is closed raise another exception?  I'm leaning towards
>the latter, despite the fact that it will cause an infinite loop in
>this case -- that's no different when you have a print statement
>instead of a yield statement.


except: # or except Exception
   raise a new different exception

is not a clear-cut situation. close should probably propagate exceptions 
different from
CloseGenerator but here the right thing to do is fuzzy.

It also another case of the problems of too broad-catching except clauses,
in some sense the exception generated by close is like an async exception like

>Another comment on Samuele's PEP: It is sort of sad that the *user* of
>a generator has to know that the generator's close() must be called.
>Normally, the beauty of using a try/finally for cleanup is that your
>callers don't need to know about it.  But I see no way around this.
>And this is still an argument that pleads against the whole thing,
>either PEP 288 or Samuele's smaller variant: the usual near-guarantee
>that code in a finally clause will be executed no matter what (barring
>fatal errors, os._exit() or os.execv()) does not apply.  And this was
>the original argument against allowing yield inside try/finally.  But
>the need for cleanup is also clear, so I like Samuele's KISS compromise.

yes, we cannot totally win. 

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