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Author mark.dickinson
Recipients mark.dickinson
Date 2013-04-06.12:54:56
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It would be nice to be able to access the callback of a weakref as an attribute on the weakref itself.  For example:

Python 3.4.0a0 (default:2bf154ca43c6+, Apr  6 2013, 13:31:29) 
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5664)] on darwin
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>>> import weakref
>>> x = {1, 2, 3}
>>> ref = weakref.ref(x, lambda ref: print("done"))
>>> ref.__callback__
<function <lambda> at 0x1004f56d0>
>>> del x
>>> ref.__callback__  # Returns None

I encountered this while writing a tool to show graphs of Python objects and their references to each other:  I wanted to be able to annotate each edge of the graph.  For something like a function, it's easy to use introspection to compare the reference target with f.__code__, f.__annotations__, etc.  For a weakref, I couldn't find an easy way to retrieve the callback (or even determine whether there *was* a callback associated to the weakref).  One can do a "gc.get_referents" call and hope that if there's exactly one object returned it's the callback, but that won't work so well with weakref.ref subclasses.

Patch attached:  it has tests but no doc updates as yet.
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