[Distutils] [Python-Dev] Distutils & configparser rename

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Fri May 16 01:04:45 CEST 2008


On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 1:33 PM, A.M. Kuchling <amk at amk.ca> wrote:
> Python 2.6 renames the ConfigParser module to be configparser.
>
> Distutils imports ConfigParser in various places.  I just made a
> commit updating the import in one places, and then noticed that part
> of commit r63248, which made the same change, was reverted in order to
> preserve backward-compatibility.  Instead, the default path will
> include lib-old again to keep the old module name available.
>
> I suggest dropping that goal, though.  We've preserved compatibility
> but I'm not aware that anyone uses the Python 2.x Distutils with
> earlier versions of Python.  In particular:
>
> * There's no standalone distutils package on PyPI, nor can I find
>  such a package with a general web search.  Am I missing it?
>
> * I do not see users advising other users to use a later version of
>  Distutils to fix their problems.
>
> Is anyone actually benefiting from the effort of maintaining backward
> compatibility?

The change was reverted at MAL's request, but he didn't qualify it
beyond wanting the backwards-compatibility.

-Brett


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