Allowing ref counting to close file items bad style?

Dan bounces at
Fri Sep 1 01:48:49 CEST 2006

BJörn Lindqvist wrote:
> On 8/30/06, Dan <bounces at> wrote:
>> Is my data safer if I explicitly close, like this?:
>>      fileptr = open("the.file", "w")
>>      foo_obj.write(fileptr)
>>      fileptr.close()
> Have you ever experienced a problem caused by not explicitly closing
> your file handles?

No.  If I had, I wouldn't have asked the question.  It seems to work, 
but can I really count on it?

I am a sample of one (In that happy place that Brooks described as 
quadrant 1, where a person writes programs for himself to be run on his 
own computer.  Or perhaps to be run by a handful of co-workers.)  Such a 
small sample isn't statistically significant; a 100% success rate 
doesn't mean much.  I've also never had a burned CD go bad, but I know 
that they do.


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