Author vstinner
Recipients pitrou, serhiy.storchaka, vstinner
Date 2015-01-31.01:10:21
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Oh, by the way: keeping the exception after the except block is also a tricky reference leak. In Python 3, since exceptions store their traceback, this issue may keep a lot of objects alive too long, whereas they are expected to be destroyed much earlier.

When I started to investigate this issue, it took me 2 hours to begin to understand why so many objects were kept alive. It looks like a reference cycle, a reference leak, or other kind of complex memory leak. Clearing manually local variables (ex: "self = None" in methods) is not enough.

Python 2 has a sys.exc_clear() method which can be used to workaround this issue. It cannot be used in Python 3 since the function was removed in Python 3.
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