While we are on the topic of minor changes... :-)
I noticed that one of the parts of ConfigParser was not using "for line in fp" style of readline-ing :-) So, this will reduce the SLOC by 3 lines and improve readability. However, I did a quick grep and this type of practice appears in several other places.
There is a possibility of good savings in this department. If you think this is worthwhile, I can create one large patch for them all.
I sure hope I am not missing something fundamental with this one...
--- Lib/ConfigParser.py (revision 55600) +++ Lib/ConfigParser.py (working copy) @@ -441,10 +441,7 @@ optname = None lineno = 0 e = None # None, or an exception
lineno = lineno + 1 # comment or blank line? if line.strip() == '' or line in '#;':