does python have useless destructors?

Michael Hudson mwh at
Thu Jun 17 11:13:38 CEST 2004

Donn Cave <donn at> writes:

> In article <m3fz8xozi1.fsf at>,
>  Michael Hudson <mwh at> wrote:
> > Manlio Perillo <NOmanlio_perilloSPAM at> writes:
> ...
> > > Since __del__ isn't really 'useful', *maybe* a better solution is to
> > > add another special method for classes, ad example a __finalize__
> > > method.
> > 
> > Yes!  I'm not sure __finalize__ is really the best name, but that's
> > for another day.
> Couldn't the name be __del__?  

As I think I said in one of the emails in the thread linked to from
PEP 310, life would be much easier if it wasn't.

> Given the opportunity to have both, and the assurance that
> __finalize__ will be called and __del__ might not, what
> functionality would you leave in __del__?

None at all!  This is my cunning plan...

> > I would urge everyone participating in this thread to read PEP 310,
> > the email conversation linked therein and (optional) *understand* it.
> It seems to be superficially similar to finalization, 

OK, I've found this thread pretty hard to follow.  What is
"finalization" in context?

> but so constrained that it's architecturally inconsequential - I
> mean, it's by definition interchangeable with a try/finally
> construct, so there isn't any potential code architecture where you
> can say `couldn't do this without with'.



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