"XXX undetected error" in python_d.exe

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 17 16:51:01 EST 2001

> Tim wrote:
> > It's best not to think too hard about what those rules imply when a
> > destructor gets called by magic ...

"Jason Orendorff" <jason at jorendorff.com> writes:
> Oh.  I thought Python would automatically squelch exceptions in
> destructors, so you didn't have to check after every DECREF.  (?)

Correct, DECREF doesn't return an error indicator.  But it means that
if a destructor calls something that returns an error, there's nowhere
to pass the error on -- and that's what Tim was referring to.  As he
said, don't try to think about it; there's code in place that does the
right thing for __del__.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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