python segfault

Christian Heimes lists at
Wed Mar 28 00:45:54 CEST 2012

Am 28.03.2012 00:27, schrieb Michael Poeltl:
> hi,
> can anybody tell why this 'little stupid *thing* of code' let's python-3.2.2, 2.6.X or python 2.7.2 segfault?

The code segfaults because you have increased the recursion limit. The
amount of recursions is limited by the stack size. A C program with a
usually stack size can have about 4000 recursions. Python takes at least
two stack levels for each recursion.

The documentation contains a
warning, too.


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