Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 17:18:27 -0500

Dieter Maurer wrote:
> But there is no difference in runtime behavior (O(N)),
> whether the close() is explicite or implicite (i.e. because
> the reference count reaches 0).

Yeah, I realized that later. Python allows you to forget that it is doing
a lot of work under the covers. Even so, close() is Python code and
refcount cleanup is in the heart of the interpreter.

> The real problem with an explicite close() are dangling
> references. Assume, the application has a reference to
> an inner node in the document tree. The close() would
> probably remove all parent pointers from the subtree

You wouldn't really have a dangling reference -- you would have a
reference to a node that no longer knows its parent. But that is still not

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