[Python-Dev] Borrowed and Stolen References in API

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Fri May 6 12:27:03 CEST 2011

On Fri, 06 May 2011 13:28:11 +1200
Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:

> Amaury Forgeot d'Arc wrote [concerning the Doc/data/refcounts.dat file]:
> > This is not always true, for example when the item is already present
> > in the dict.
> > It's not important to know what the function does to the object,
> > Only the action on the reference is relevant.
> Yes, that's the whole point. When using a functon,
> what you need to know is whether it borrows or steals
> a reference.

Doesn't "borrow" mean the same as "steal" in that context?
If an API borrows a reference, I expect it to take it from me.



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