Scoped Lock

Ype Kingma ykingma at
Mon Jan 5 00:33:20 CET 2004

Marco Bubke wrote:

> Hi
> There is the Lock object in the threading module.
> But there is no medode there I could aquire a scoped
> lock like:
> mutex = threading.Lock()
> my_lock = mutex.scoped_acquire() # maybe scoped_lock()
> #now this stuff is locked
> del mylock
> #the lock is released.
> def do_domething:
>   my_lock = mutex.scoped_acquire()
>   #now this stuff is locked
>   #the lock is released after its out of scope
> I have written this my own but I'm not sure there is a drawback
> because its looks so convinent. So I wonder why its not in
> the module?

Some reasons:
- What should happen when an exception happens during the locked stuff?
- It is possible pass a reference to the lock during the locked stuff,
  so although the lock goes out of local scope, there still might be
  a reference to it.
- The moment that __del__() is called is not guaranteed.

You can also do it like this:

mutex = threading.Lock()
    # now this stuff is locked
    mutex.release() # explicit is better than implicit


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