File not closed on exception

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Tue Oct 20 21:13:35 CEST 2009

En Tue, 20 Oct 2009 04:47:02 -0300, arve.knudsen at  
<arve.knudsen at> escribió:
> On 20 Okt, 09:40, "Gabriel Genellina" <gagsl-... at> wrote:
>> En Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:23:49 -0300, arve.knud... at  
>> <arve.knud... at> escribió:

>> > I agree, but like I said, I've been told that this (implicit closing
>> > of files) is the correct style by more merited Python developers, so
>> > that made me think I was probably wrong ..
>> Then tell those "more merited Python developers" that they're wrong,  
>> and that the right way to ensure a file is closed when you're done with  
>> it is to use a `with` statement (or a try/finally block in old Python  
>> releases)
> Easier said than done :) In any case, I now have this discussion as a
> useful reference in the future. Thanks!

If this thread is not enough, you can ask them to read the official Python  

"It is good practice to use the with keyword when dealing with file  
objects. This has the advantage that the file is properly closed after its  
suite finishes, even if an exception is raised on the way. It is also much  
shorter than writing equivalent try-finally blocks."

Gabriel Genellina

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