[Python-Dev] [PEP466] SSLSockets, and sockets, _socketobjects oh my!

Antoine Pitrou antoine at python.org
Tue Jul 22 23:25:27 CEST 2014

Le 22/07/2014 17:03, Alex Gaynor a écrit :
> The question is:
> a) Should we backport weak referencing _socket.sockets (changing the structure
>     of the module seems overly invasive, albeit completely backwards
>     compatible)?
> b) Does anyone know why weak references are used in the first place? The commit
>     message just alludes to fixing a leak with no reference to an issue.

Because :
- the SSLSocket has a strong reference to the ssl object (self._sslobj)
- self._sslobj having a strong reference to the SSLSocket would mean 
both would only get destroyed on a GC collection

I assume that's what "leak" means here :-)

As for 2.x, I don't see why you couldn't just continue using a strong 



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