Python 2.0

Graham Matthews graham at
Fri Jun 4 00:07:00 CEST 1999

Graham Matthews <graham at> wrote:
>Why is it so hard for people to see that adding a mark sweep collector
>*ON TOP OF* the existing ref count scheme essentially changes nothing.
>All the current ref count behaviour that people love will stay. The
>only additional behaviour will be that circular refs are mopped up
Aahz Maruch (aahz at wrote:
: I don't disagree with this; I only claim that GC should only happen by
: explicit call from the programmer.  I also claim that there should be a
: debug mode for GC that merely informs the programmer about cyclic
: references so that zie can locate their source (and that this should be
: the primary mode for GC).

I don't understand why you want GC only by explict call and in "inform"
mode only?

          The fool escaped from paradise
        will look over his shoulder and cry
          Sit and chew on daffodils and
             struggle to answer why?

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