Martin v. Löwis wrote:
In retrospect, it should have been called sys._setdefaultencoding(). That sends an extra signal that it's not meant for general use.
Crazy idea: how about mutating it into sys._setdefaultencoding rather than deleting it?
Please don't post crazy ideas unless you really mean them.
This specific crazy idea must be rejected; it would break backwards compatibility, for no good reason.
How is it breaking backwards compatibility?
- If people were somehow relying on sys.setdefaultencoding to be deleted, that's fine, it's still gone
- If people were somehow relying on sys not having an attribute called _setdefaultencoding, or were relying on stuffing an attribute into sys called _setdefaultencoding then... well... that seems pretty unlikely ;-)