BTW, are people similarly opposed to that comparisons can now raise exceptions? It's been mentioned a few times on c.l.py this week, but apparently not (yet) by people who bumped into it in practice.
but that's not a new thing in 2.1, is it?
Python 1.5.2 (#0, May 9 2000, 14:04:03) [MSC 32 bit (Intel)] on win32 Copyright 1991-1995 Stichting Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam
... def __cmp__(self, other): ... raise "Hi tim!" ...
a = [spam(), spam(), spam()] a.sort()
Traceback (innermost last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in ? File "<stdin>", line 3, in __cmp__ Hi tim!