zip() function troubles

Paul Rubin http
Fri Jul 27 08:35:44 CEST 2007

Peter Otten <__peter__ at> writes:
> When you are allocating a lot of objects without releasing them the garbage
> collector kicks in to look for cycles. Try switching it off:

I think that is the answer.  The zip took almost 2 minutes without
turning gc off, but takes 1.25 seconds with gc off.  It turned a
linear-time algorithm into a quadratic one.  I think something is
broken about a design where that can happen.  Maybe Pypy will have
a generational GC someday.

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