surprising behaviour of os.environ.clear

Tim Roberts timr at probo.com
Sat Jun 28 08:23:18 CEST 2008


Benjamin <musiccomposition at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>On Jun 27, 4:05 pm, "Joe P. Cool" <joe.p.c... at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> If I call os.environ.clear in a python program child processes still
>> see the deleted entries. But when I iterate over the keys like so
>>
>> names =  os.environ.keys
>> for k in names:
>>     del  os.environ[k]
>>
>> then the entries are also deleted for the child processes. Where is
>> the difference? Is this a bug?
>> (Observed in Python 2.5.2)
>
>This is because of how os.environ is implement with a UserDict
>subclass.

Why?  I mean, I can see that it happens, but I don't understand why being a
UserDict causes this.
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Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
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