[Python-Dev] Re: Capabilities - published interfaces
aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sat Dec 20 10:55:48 EST 2003
On Sat, Dec 20, 2003, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2003 at 10:16:29AM -0500, Aahz wrote:
>> Supposedly there's a middle ground of untrusted but non-hostile code,
>> but what's the point of providing support for that?
> the example that i gave that was because i wanted to offer a subset
> of python functionality to end-users such that they could run
> DNS lookups, pings, check a web page existed, telnet to a box,
> run commands and check the output.
> to some extent, i didn't care about things like __class__ because
> 1) the users weren't that bright.
> 2) the user's weren't that hostile.
Yup. By "what's the point?" I didn't mean that there were no use cases;
the problem is that such cases are not frequent enough to justify the
> rexec fitted the requirements perfectly - and it still does: it's
> just been disabled and also changed into something that stops even
> the library functions from writing to log files.
> i couldn't even use the MySQLdb module which was kinda critical to
> the database-driven backend.
Well, you're free to maintain rexec as a separate project (or borrow
from the still-maintained Zope system). But anything shipped as part of
Python can't afford to assume your points 1) and 2).
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