From: Charles Oliver Nutter <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Not cleaning up tempfiles for multipart? Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 07:22:57 -0600 [thread overview] Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw) In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 5:26 AM, Hongli Lai <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > I disagree. Software is made to be used by users, whose skills might > vary significantly. Skilled sysadmins know how to use lsof and know > how to take care of problems, but not everybody is or can be a skilled > sysadmin. Server resources also vary greatly, and some people don't > and/or cannot have have a lot of disk space. I think software should > do the right thing even in the face of people who don't know how to > use lsof. And this may be the best reason for cleaning up non-memory resources explicitly (like files and file descriptors) rather than expecting GC to do it for you: that's how the rest of the world does it. It's unexpected (and usually frowned upon) for a program to leave dangling non-memory resources all over the place, even if they'll eventually (hopefully? maybe?) get cleaned up when GC fires (if it does before something else happens, like a hard exit). I sympathize with the desire to be "lazy" and let GC do it all, but that's simply not how it's done. Non-memory resources should always be explicitly cleaned up. - Charlie
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2010-03-08 13:23 UTC|newest] Thread overview: 30+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2010-03-05 14:40 Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-05 14:47 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-05 14:48 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-06 10:20 ` Hongli Lai 2010-03-07 14:25 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-06 7:55 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-06 10:25 ` Hongli Lai 2010-03-07 14:34 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-08 0:22 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-08 1:12 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-17 15:41 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-18 9:54 ` Eric Wong 2014-01-06 22:45 ` Wojtek Kruszewski 2014-02-11 21:05 ` Eric Wong 2014-03-27 21:40 ` Lenny Marks 2010-03-07 23:53 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-08 11:26 ` Hongli Lai 2010-03-08 11:30 ` Hongli Lai 2010-03-08 14:33 ` Randy Fischer 2010-03-08 14:43 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-08 14:49 ` James Tucker 2010-03-17 2:37 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-08 13:22 ` Charles Oliver Nutter [this message] 2010-03-08 14:42 ` James Tucker 2010-03-08 17:24 ` Hongli Lai 2010-03-09 7:43 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-08 10:05 ` James Tucker 2010-03-07 14:27 ` Charles Oliver Nutter 2010-03-08 0:18 ` Eric Wong 2010-03-08 10:07 ` James Tucker
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