[Python-3000] PEP 3108 and the demise of bsddb3
barry at python.org
Thu Sep 4 20:16:26 CEST 2008
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On Sep 4, 2008, at 1:57 PM, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> I am still in favor of removing bsddb from Python 3.0. It depends on a
> 3rd party library of enormous complexity whose stability cannot always
> be taken for granted. Arguments about code ownership, release cycles,
> bugbot stability and more all point towards keeping it separate. I
> consider it no different in nature than 3rd party UI packages (e.g.
> wxPython or PyQt) or relational database bindings (e.g. the MySQL or
> PostgreSQL bindings): very useful to a certain class of users, but
> outside the scope of the core distribution.
> Python 3.0 is a perfect opportunity to say goodbye to bsddb as a
> standard library component. For apps that depend on it, it is just a
> download away -- deprecating in 3.0 and removal in 3.1 would actually
> send the *wrong* message, since it is very much alive! I am grateful
> for Jesus to have taken over maintenance, and hope that the package
> blossoms in its newfound freedom.
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