__del__ not working with cyclic reference?

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Wed Jul 2 06:04:02 CEST 2003


In article <ba1e306f.0307011837.269e3d2a at posting.google.com>,
Jane Austine <janeaustine50 at hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>I have some code using singleton pattern. The singleton instance
>is shared as a class variable. The problem is that the singleton
>instance is not cleared automatically.
>
>Following is a simplified version that shows the problem:
>
>--------
>#foobar.py
>class FooBar:
>    def __del__(self):
>        print "FooBar removed"
>
>FooBar.foobar=FooBar()
>--------
>
>Why is this so? Due to the cyclic reference? Isn't python's gc
>supposed to treat it? What singleton idiom is recommended 
>otherwise?

There are two issues that you'll run into with this: gc doesn't work on
classes that define __del__(), and prior to Python 2.3, gc doesn't run
on exit.
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