[Python-Dev] __traceback__ and reference cycles

Guido van Rossum gvanrossum at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 03:18:06 CEST 2005

On 8/8/05, Tim Peters <tim.peters at gmail.com> wrote:
> I can't think of a Python feature with a higher aggregate
> braincell_burned / benefit ratio than __del__ methods.  If P3K retains
> them-- or maybe even before --we should consider taking "the Java
> dodge" on this one.  That is, decree that henceforth a __del__ method
> will get invoked by magic at most once on any given object O, no
> matter how often O is resurrected.

I'm sympathetic to this one. Care to write a PEP? It could be really
short and sweet as long as it provides enough information to implement
the feature.

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

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