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

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 23:44:54 CEST 2014

On 23 Jul 2014 07:28, "Antoine Pitrou" <antoine at python.org> wrote:
> Le 22/07/2014 17:03, Alex Gaynor a écrit :
>> The question is:
>> a) Should we backport weak referencing _socket.sockets (changing the
>>     of the module seems overly invasive, albeit completely backwards
>>     compatible)?
>> b) Does anyone know why weak references are used in the first place? The
>>     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

As Antoine says, if the cycle already exists in Python 2 (and it sounds
like it does), we can just skip backporting the weak reference change.

I'll also give the Fedora Python list a heads up about your repo to see if
anyone there can help you with the backport.


> Regards
> Antoine.
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