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 Decorating a class-help

I'm not too sure why the following code is working:

class Statics():
    lock = threading.Lock()

def thread_safe(func):
    def inner(*args,**kwargs):
        with Statics.lock:
            result = func(*args, **kwargs)
        return result
    return inner

def singleton(class_):
    instances = {}
    def getinstance(*args, **kwargs):
        if class_ not in instances:
            instances[class_] = class_(*args, **kwargs)
        return instances[class_]
    return getinstance
Specifically,the singleton decorator,which decorates a class,is working, but I don't understand why.
Usually a class decorator returns another class.
A python class is not only a class, it is also a callable that returns instances. With this decorator, after
class A:
the object named A in the current namespace is not a class. Instead it is a function that returns A instances. The code supposes that you're not interested in anything else about A. You can still write
a = A()
and get (the only) instance of the class. But you cannot do A.some_static_member and get the corresponding member of class A.

IMHO it is a huge waste of time to spend hours on the singleton pattern in python. Python is for responsible adults, so if you want a singleton, just create a single instance.

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