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In article <0a89c96d-de62-42ad-be48-6107ce10d215 at googlegroups.com>,
 Frank B <fbicknel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ok; this is a bit esoteric.
> 
> So finally is executed regardless of whether an exception occurs, so states 
> the docs.
> 
> But, I thought, if I <return> from my function first, that should take 
> precedence.
> 
> au contraire
> 
> Turns out that if you do this:
> 
> try:
>   failingthing()
> except FailException:
>   return 0
> finally:
>   return 1
> 
> Then finally really is executed regardless... even though you told it to 
> return.
> 
> That seems odd to me.

That's exactly what it's supposed to do.  The idea of finally is, "No 
matter what else happens, including calling sys.exit(), make sure this 
code executed".  It's typically used to release some critical resource 
which was acquired in the body of the try block.
 
https://docs.python.org/2/reference/compound_stmts.html#the-try-statement
 says:

When a return, break or continue statement is executed in the try suite 
of a try...finally statement, the finally clause is also executed ?on 
the way out.?

The only way I can think of to bypass a finally block would be to call 
os._exit(), or send yourself a kill signal.