On Feb 24, 2008, at 4:58 PM, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
I think that essential things like the email package should be part of the standard library.
Non-essential things like e.g. the tk package or the audio/image/etc. libs can well be separated out into stand-alone packages.
What's essential is a judgement call. You & I would draw the line in different places.
Things that are tightly coupled with the Python runtime do seem to belong in the standard library. A feature that I hear requests for frequently that would be tightly coupled would be deferred imports.
They may still be supported and maintained by the PSF, but getting them would require an extra install step.
I think supported & maintained by the PSF is fine; I'm not in favor of throwing out useful packages.
In any case, I agree that putting energy into such an effort is better spent elsewhere.
Interestingly, I didn't see either myself or Brett say anything like this. I only said I don't have the time to champion such an idea, not that I had anything else to do (there's work, there's family, and then... I'm wiped out).