[OLPC-devel] Re: [sugar] Pygtk and garbage collecting
Wed Aug 9 22:34:36 EDT 2006
Christopher Blizzard wrote:
> still finding bugs against the current python, let alone a new and
> relatively untested code base.
It's neither new nor untested; it's a relatively conservative
incremental improvement from 2.4, and has gone through three betas to
chase down potential problems. As I mentioned earlier, there have only
been three point releases of 2.4, which is a reassuring track record.
> The memory management patch sounds nice [...]
> Especially since we don't even know that we have a problem today.
We certainly do have a problem; we will have a persistent Python server
process running the entire time the laptop is powered on. In 2.4, this
process won't release memory back to the kernel. Ever. On a 128MB
system, this upgrades the importance of Evan's patch from 'nice' to
Details at http://evanjones.ca/python-memory.html.
> And if you want to spend you
> time on that, I guess that's fine.
I don't want to spend my time on distro work. However, I don't see
having 2.5 as an option but as a necessity, which means I'll spend time
on it if I can't convince you to. The alternative is to backport Evan's
patch to 2.4, which again means maintaining our own Python.
Ivan Krstic <krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu> | GPG: 0x147C722D
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