Python 2.0

Aahz Maruch aahz at
Thu Jun 3 15:25:48 EDT 1999

In article <7j6jnl$58f$3 at>,
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

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).
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