Do I need to call close on the handle returned by urlopen?

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Mon Jul 14 17:20:35 CEST 2014

On 14/07/2014 15:59, krzysztof.zelechowski at wrote:
> The tutorial says that I should use "with open" to close the file handle
> properly.  The reference documentation for urlopen mentions that the handle
> returned is like a file handle but the code samples below do not bother to
> close the handle at all.  Isn’t it inconsistent?

Yes it is.  The latter probably hasn't been updated after the 
introduction of the 'with' keyword and context managers.  Would you like 
to click on the "Report a bug" link on the page in question and suggest 
a change?

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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