Unbound names in __del__

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Jun 17 14:43:26 CEST 2005

Torsten Bronger wrote:
> However, all of this is not pretty pythonic in my opinion.  Is it
> that exotic to want to call functions from within __del__?

Yes, I think it probably is.  In the few hundred thousand lines of 
Python code I've played a role in developing, we've used __del__ once, 
to my knowledge, and I believe it was not a critical use, just an 
expedient one.

And I don't recall the last time I saw a __del__ in third-party code I 
was examining.

What's your use case for del?


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