nntplib, huge xover object

Robin Munn rmunn at pobox.com
Mon Apr 7 22:45:21 CEST 2003

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org> wrote:
> Robin Munn <rmunn at pobox.com> writes:
>>     xover(start, end, open('foo.txt', 'w'))
>> See? File-like object gets created, passed to your function, and then
>> automatically garbage-collected (and thus closed) when your function
>> returns.
> The garbage collection happening when your function returns is
> implementation specific. It works that way in CPython, but not
> Jython. You should always explicitly close files to make sure they get
> closed - and the output flushed, in this case - when you're done with
> them.

Good point, thanks. Ignore what I said above; what you should do is:

    output_file = open('foo.txt', 'w')
    xover(start, end, output_file)

Robin Munn <rmunn at pobox.com>
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