Python 2.0

Graham Matthews graham at
Wed Jun 2 16:39:49 EDT 1999

Aahz Maruch (aahz at wrote:
: In addition to Paul's excellent comments, if one is writing an
: interactive process, one cannot afford the unpredictability of random
: garbage collection.  Garbage collection could run in a thread, but then
: one is restricted to environments where threads are well-supported.

You appear to be making an argument like "when a GC occurs the system 
pauses, and this is bad in an interactive environment". If that's the
case then this is an old chestnut. Modern GC implementations do not
have such pauses. Look up papers on real-time garbage collection for

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