Guido> Hmm... This would make it hard to make a patch release for 1.5.2 Guido> (possible called 1.5.3?). I *really* don't want the string Guido> methods to end up in a release yet -- there are too many rough Guido> edges (e.g. some missing methods, should join str() or not, Guido> etc.).
Sorry for the delayed response. I've been out of town. When Barry returns would it be possible to merge the string methods in conditionally (#ifdef STRING_METHODS) and add a --with-string-methods configure option? How hard would it be to modify string.py, stringobject.c and stropmodule.c to carry that around?