surprising behaviour of os.environ.clear

Joe P. Cool joe.p.cool at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 27 23:05:58 CEST 2008


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)

--
Joe



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