autoflush on/off

Ulrich Eckhardt ulrich.eckhardt at
Tue Feb 5 09:04:26 CET 2013

Am 05.02.2013 01:09, schrieb Jabba Laci:
> I like the context manager idea

There is a helper library for constructing context managers, see That would have made 
your code even shorter.

> setting the sys.stdout back to the original value doesn't work.
> The problem is in __exit__ when sys.stdout is pointed to the old
> value. sys.stdout.write doesn't work from then on. Output:
> .....close failed in file object destructor:
> sys.excepthook is missing
> lost sys.stderr

Argh! Yes, the newly-created file object takes ownership of the 
filedescriptor. Once done with it, it invokes close() on it, making it 
unusable for the original sys.stdout.

Okay, other approach: I believe that the only function regularly called 
on sys.stdout is write(). Just write a replacement that forwards the 
data to the original, followed by a call to flush. If you are ambitious, 
forward any other call to sys.stdout directly by catching attribute 
lookup (__getattribute__) in your class.

Good luck!


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