Barry has his patches ready.
What is the status of /F's latest attempts?
most of the code is written and tested; the API still needs some cleaning up. I also have a few patches and other contributions in my inbox that I gotta look into...
btw, the unicode module can be compiled for 8-bit characters too. we could merge it with the string module (one place to fix bugs...)
It should be much easier to add hooks to allow importing from zip files, from a URL, etc., or (different) hooks to allow looking for different extensions (e.g. to automatically generate ILU stubs). This should help the small platforms too, since they often don't have a filesystem, so their imports will have to come from some other place.
something similar to greg's imputil.py should definitely be in the core...
I'm tired of supporting K&R C. All code should be converted to using prototypes. The Py_PROTO macros should go. We can add const-correctness to all code. Too bad for platforms without decent compilers (let them get GCC).
or ansi2knr.c (available from http://www.cs.wisc.edu/%7Eghost/). otoh, it only converts function headers, so I'm not sure it's worth the effort...