Clearing pythonwin environment

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Fri Jun 23 19:08:38 CEST 2006

Network Ninja wrote:
> I want to restart the environment occasionally to default (like I
> restarted pythonwin). I wrote this script. I know why it doesn't work,
> cause it deletes my variable (item) on each iteration. My question is:
> is it possible to do this? What other things might I try?
> # Reset Pythonwin enviroment
> # Variables
> keep = ['__builtins__', '__doc__', '__name__', 'pywin', 'keep', 'item']
> print
> for item in dir():
>     if item not in keep:
>         del item
           del globals()[item]

I believe that should work.

Note that this won't cause imported modules to be reloaded though, so I 
wouldn't rely on it too heavily.  The imported modules problem can only 
really be solved by restarting the interpreter.


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