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Deleting keys from shelve

Why does a shelve file never get smaller?

I noticed that the shelve file (db.txt, see below) does not change
(get smaller) when deleting a key. The key is deleted but the file
size does not change. I expected the db.txt file to get smaller.

def delete():
s = shelve.open('db .txt')
del s['test3']
s.close()

I am using Python 2.2.1 on MS Windows. Thanks so much for your help.

Olaf
Jul 18 '05 #1
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