How to I restart an interactive session?

Diez B. Roggisch deetsNOSPAM at
Sat Mar 19 14:01:08 CET 2005

> But, by deleting their namespace entries haven't I effectively unloaded
> them?  In other words, from the point of the interpreter, isn't the

No. You haven't I'm not entirely sure why - that's deep in the internals of
python - but I know for sure that reload() is not working fully as expected
in some cases.

> state at point A and point B the same?
>     --- point A:
>       import os
>       del __main__.__dict__['os']
>     --- point B
> I guess my question boils down to, is the state of the python
> interpreter kept anywhere other than the __main__ namespace?  Obviously
> the answer is yes - there's the current working directory and any
> running threads.  I think I'm willing to live with those (yeah, I know,
> those are the words of a man who is going to spend time chasing obscure
> side-effects...)
> But are there other things I'm missing?  Is my whole plan misguided
> from the beginning?

Sort of, as for your comparably little saving of effort you put the burden
of unknown side-effects from your doings on your user. Certainly not the
right thing to do for an IDE, people prefer to trust these :)

Diez B. Roggisch

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