I though you would *always* hit the finally clause, even if you use
sys.exit()? (I mean: wasn't this true for the previous version too?)
| code. Nobody in their right mind would use posix._exit(n) except to
| exit from a forked child, but lots of code may call sys.exit(n) -- as
True, still, os.py is broken on DOS.
| Code that uses an unqualified except clause is always suspect. It may
| mask exceptions caused deep inside that you didn't know were possible,
| such as SystemError, MemoryError or TypeError in code that you thought
| had no bugs.
Yes, I know. Listing all exceptions I want to catch in separate lines,
yet all of them using the same code, is a hassle (especially if there
are quite a few of them). Couldn't we add something that would allow
you to pass a list of exception types as the first argument to
Also, the whole stacktrace is a hassle. It is great for the developer,
but confusing for the ordinary user that doesn't care for it
(espacially if the python program is a subprogram of another program).
That's why often I wrap the whole program in a try: except:, forgoing
the stacktrace, but printing the problem (using the exc_type and
| "some code that may raise any exception"
| except SystemExit, status:
| raise SystemExit, status
| "handle any other kind of error"
Forgot about that one. :-)
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