[Python-Dev] PyFAQ: thread-safe interpreter operations

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Nov 22 22:49:26 CET 2006

Nick Coghlan schrieb:
> Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>> I personally consider it "good style" to rely on implementation details
>> of CPython;
> Is there a 'do not' missing somewhere in there?

No - I really mean it. I can find nothing wrong with people relying on
reference counting to close files, for example. It's a property of
CPython, and not guaranteed in other Python implementations - yet it
works in a well-defined way in CPython. Code that relies on that feature
is not portable, but portability is only one goal in software
development, and may be irrelevant for some projects.

Likewise, I see nothing wrong with people relying on .append on a list
working "correctly" when used from two threads, even though the language
specification does not guarantee that property.

Similarly, it's fine when people rely on the C type "int" to have
32-bits when used with gcc on x86 Linux. The C standard makes that
implementation-defined, but this specific implementation made a
choice that you can rely on.


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