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Author sbt
Recipients sbt, serhiy.storchaka
Date 2012-08-04.19:24:29
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> I don't quite understand the purpose of your suggestions. What can you do 
> with it help, what you can not do with contextlib.ExitStack, atexit, 
> __del__ method, weakref.WeakKeyDictionary or weakref.ref? I read the 
> documentation, but the meaning eludes me.

finalize does not "compete" with contextlib.ExitStack, atexit and
weakref.WeakKeyDictionary.  It only competes with __del__ and weakref

Points 1 and 2 in my first message are the main points.  Also, read the
warning at

which also applies to weakref callbacks.

Other problems with __del__:

* Ref cycles which contain an object with a __del__ method are immortal

* __del__ methods can "ressurect" the object.

There was actually a proposal to remove or replace __del__ methods in
Python 3000.  See the "Removing __del__" thread(s):

As for weakref callbacks, I think they are just too difficult to use correctly
unless you are very familiar with them.
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