I'd say kill -X, but keep allowing string exceptions if it doesn't cost too much. I think of C++, like Gordon said.
Also I'd take the chance and move the exceptions Python module back into the core, as a frozen mdule or whatever.
Reason: At the moment, the CVS version of the Python library is incompatible to 1.5.2, which makes testing against the standard dist quite inconvenient. A compiled CVS Python does not run under PythonWin when I put it into my standard installation. Or is there an easy way to switch all settings to a completely different path?
Point the PYTHONHOME variable to the top of your install directory. (On Windows you may have to kill the registry settings -- this is a bug.)
Anyway, I'm most probably off until Y2K.
See ya all then, provided we survive - chris
Best wishes to all,
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/%7Eguido/)