[Python-Dev] Possible py3k io wierdness

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Apr 6 00:39:43 CEST 2009

Brian Quinlan wrote:

>         if not self.__closed:
>             try:
> -                self.flush()
> +                IOBase.flush(self)
>             except IOError:
>                 pass  # If flush() fails, just give up
>             self.__closed = True

That doesn't seem like a good idea to me at all. If
someone overrides flush() but not close(), their
flush method won't get called, which would be surprising.

To get the desired behaviour, you need something like

   def close(self):
     if not self.__closed:
       self.__closed = True

and then tell people to override _close() rather than


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