Python language problem
steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Jun 7 15:09:36 CEST 2006
> Boris Borcic wrote:
>>ripleyfu at gmail.com wrote:
>>>>>>a = A()
>>>>>>b = a
>>><__main__.A instance at 0x00B91BC0>
>>>I want to delete 'a' through 'b', why It does't?
>>>How can I do that?
> But 'b' is also deleted, i want use 'b' to delete 'a', 'b' is exists.
You can't do what you want to do.
Python names are independent references to objects. The "del" statement
deletes a name from a namespace (or an item from a structure), and
cannot be used to delete all references to a given object. In general
there's no way to delete a referenced object - we normally rely on the
implementation (in CPython reference counting plus garbage collection,
in other implementations just plain garbage collection) to perform the
deletion when no live references to an object remain.
Perhaps you'd like to explain *why* you find a need to do this (in other
words, what's your use case)?
Weak references are one possibility that might help you, but without
knowing your real requirements it's difficult to be more helpful.
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