try/except/finally construct not available?

Reinhold Birkenfeld reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at
Mon Jun 28 22:12:00 CEST 2004

Christopher Baus wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm just learning python after years of C/C++/Java/bash/etc.  It is going
> pretty good except a few minor issues regarding syntax.  I have to admit
> the while/else contruct is a bit weird, but I think I understand the
> motivation.  But I am confused about exceptions having read the chapter in
> Learning Python.
> How do I do something similar to the following java code?
> try{
>   a.mightThrow();
> }
> catch(Exception e){
>   System.out.print("looks like an exception");
> }
> finally{
>   a.cleanup();
> }
> try:
>    pass
> finally:
>    pass
> Doesn't allow the programmer to catch certain exceptions, handle them, and
> then perform operations in either case.

This is, unfortunately, a FAQ:

You must use

    except WhatEver:

This is due to the fact that try-except and try-finally are two
different constructs; there was a thread here not long ago, starting
with Message-ID <mailman.30.1087503791.18066.python-list at>
(if you use a news server to access comp.lang.python).


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