[Python-Dev] Fwd: Removal of GIL through refcounting removal.

Eric Smith eric at trueblade.com
Sun Nov 2 21:34:14 CET 2008

Giovanni Bajo wrote:
> [[ my 0.2: it would be a great loss if we lose reference-counting 
> semantic (eg: objects deallocated as soon as they exit the scope). I 
> would bargain that for a noticable speed increase of course, but my own 
> experience with standard GCs from other languages has been less than 
> stellar. ]]

And my $0.02:

I'd gladly trade deterministic destruction (due to reference counting or 
any other mechanism) for improved performance. I've often thought of 
creating a mode where destruction didn't happen right away with 
reference counting, just so I could find places where I'm relying on it. 
  I consider it a bug to rely on reference counting to close files, for 
example. Maybe I should just run under Jython or IronPython everyone 
once in a while.

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