Ooooh, that's probably really old code. I guess for the slots the reasoning is to save on slots. For the public functions, alas it will be hard to know if anyone is depending on it, even if it's undocumented. Perhaps add a deprecation warning to these if the value is NULL for one release cycle?
On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 1:21 PM, Serhiy Storchaka email@example.com wrote:
Slots like PyTypeObject.tp_setattr, PySequenceMethods.sq_ass_item, PyMappingMethods.mp_ass_subscript are used not only for setting attribute/item value, but also for deleting attribute/item (if value is NULL). This is not documented and should be.  Correspondingly public API functions like PyObject_SetAttr, PyObject_SetItem, PySequence_SetItem, PySequence_SetSlice, PyMapping_SetItemString can be used for deleting. But all these functions have special counterparts for deleting: PyObject_DelAttr etc.
The question is wherever deleting ability of Set-functions is intentional, should we document this or deprecate and then delete?
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