On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 10:43:04AM -0800, Gregory P. Smith wrote:
PyPI makes getting more algorithms easy.
Can we please stop over-generalising like this? PyPI makes getting more algorithms easy for *SOME* people. (Sorry for shouting, but you just pressed one of my buttons.)
PyPI might as well not exist for those who cannot, for technical or policy reasons, install addition software beyond the std lib on the computers they use. (I hesitate to say "their computers".)
In many school or corporate networks, installing unapproved software can get you expelled or fired. And getting approval may be effectively impossible, or take months of considerable effort navigating some complex bureaucratic process.
This is not an argument either for or against adding LZ4, I have no opinion either way. But it is a reminder that "just get it from PyPI" represents an extremely privileged position that not all Python users are capable of taking, and we shouldn't be so blase about abandoning those who can't to future std lib improvements.