A "scopeguard" for Python

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 18:09:11 CET 2010

On 2010-03-03 09:56 AM, Alf P. Steinbach wrote:
> * Mike Kent:
>> What's the compelling use case for this vs. a simple try/finally?
> if you thought about it you would mean a simple "try/else". "finally" is
> always executed. which is incorrect for cleanup

Eh? Failed execution doesn't require cleanup? The example you gave is definitely 
equivalent to the try: finally: that Mike posted. The actions are always 
executed in your example, not just when an exception isn't raised.

 From your post, the scope guard technique is used "to ensure some desired 
cleanup at the end of a scope, even when the scope is exited via an exception." 
This is precisely what the try: finally: syntax is for. The with statement 
allows you to encapsulate repetitive boilerplate into context managers, but a 
general purpose context manager like your Cleanup class doesn't take advantage 
of this.

Robert Kern

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