[Python-Dev] extremely slow exit for program having huge (45G) dict (python 2.5.2)

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Sat Dec 20 21:25:42 CET 2008

Leif Walsh wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 3:04 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> These long exit times are usually caused by the garbage collection
>> of objects. This can be a very time consuming task.
> In that case, the question would be "why is the interpreter collecting
> garbage when it knows we're trying to exit anyway?".

Because finalizers are only called when an object is destroyed presumably.



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