Is this a bug? Python intermittently stops dead for seconds

Steve Holden steve at
Sun Oct 1 19:11:25 CEST 2006

Roel Schroeven wrote:
> Charlie Strauss schreef:
>>On Oct 1, 2006, at 9:48 AM, Fredrik Lundh wrote:
>>>charlie strauss wrote:
>>>>Could you clarify that for me.  GC really has three components
>>>>two it:  1) finding and freeing unrefernced memory by refer
>>>>refer counts 2)  cycle removal and 3)  defragementing the
>>>>storage stack.  If I turn off GC, don't I lose all of these?
>>>CPython always does (1), only does (2) if cycle-breaking GC isn't
>>>disabled, and never does (3).
> [snip]
>>And just to be clear: are you saying that when I do a gc.disable this  
>>only turns off 2 and not 1?  The docs don't say that as far as I can  
> AFAIK Python always does reference counting, and the garbage collector 
> is used only for more difficult cases. As the gc module docs say:
> "Since the collector supplements the reference counting already used in 
> Python, you can disable the collector if you are sure your program does 
> not create reference cycles."
> I don't know if that's only true for CPython or also for the other 
> implementations.
Read the documentation: the garbage collector is called regularly in 

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