Title: Weakref not working properly
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 2.5
Status: closed Resolution: not a bug
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: MHOOO, _doublep, georg.brandl, ggenellina, rhettinger
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2007-11-10 12:20 by MHOOO, last changed 2007-11-15 21:21 by MHOOO. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit MHOOO, 2007-11-10 12:20 MHOOO, 2007-11-11 19:18 ggenellina, 2007-11-14 03:45
Messages (7)
msg57348 - (view) Author: (MHOOO) Date: 2007-11-10 12:20
The following code is not working as expected:
import weakref
class cls1:
	def giveTo( self, to ):
		to.take( self.bla )
	def bla(self ):
class cls2:
	def take( self, what ):
		self.ref = weakref.ref(what)
c1 = cls1()
c2 = cls2()
c1.giveTo( c2 )
print c1.bla
print c2.ref

It prints out:
<bound method cls1.bla of <__main__.cls1 instance at 0x00CA9E18>>
<weakref at 00CAF180; dead>

Why is the weakref pointing to a dead object, when it's still alive?
msg57353 - (view) Author: Paul Pogonyshev (_doublep) Date: 2007-11-10 15:43
Because self.bla is a bound-method object, which is created and then
instantly deleted as unreferenced.  This is not a bug, it is expected.

>>> class X:
...   def foo (self): pass
>>> x = X ()
>>> is

Note how the objects are different.
msg57355 - (view) Author: Georg Brandl (georg.brandl) * (Python committer) Date: 2007-11-10 17:44
Closing as invalid.
msg57362 - (view) Author: Raymond Hettinger (rhettinger) * (Python committer) Date: 2007-11-10 22:38
It's easier to see what is going on if you print the object ids.  The 
id of self.bla is different than the subsequent c1.bla.  The first is 
freed before the second gets created.
msg57375 - (view) Author: (MHOOO) Date: 2007-11-11 19:18
Well, too bad.
My workaround (to make weakrefs work) is attached as a file.
msg57481 - (view) Author: Gabriel Genellina (ggenellina) Date: 2007-11-14 03:45
I think this methodref function is simpler and much less intrusive
msg57562 - (view) Author: (MHOOO) Date: 2007-11-15 21:21
Yeah, cool :)
Thanks =)
Date User Action Args
2007-11-15 21:21:12MHOOOsetmessages: + msg57562
2007-11-14 03:45:21ggenellinasetfiles: +
nosy: + ggenellina
messages: + msg57481
2007-11-11 19:18:18MHOOOsetfiles: +
messages: + msg57375
2007-11-10 22:38:39rhettingersetnosy: + rhettinger
messages: + msg57362
2007-11-10 17:44:34georg.brandlsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: not a bug
messages: + msg57355
nosy: + georg.brandl
2007-11-10 15:43:15_doublepsetnosy: + _doublep
messages: + msg57353
2007-11-10 12:20:51MHOOOcreate