[Idle-dev] [Python-Dev] Removing IDLE from the standard library

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Jul 11 20:37:57 CEST 2010

> Initially (five years ago!) I tried to overcome these issues by
> improving IDLE, solving problems and adding a few key features.
> Without going into details, suffice to say that IDLE hasn't improved
> much since 2005 despite my efforts. For example, see
> http://bugs.python.org/issue1529142, where it took nearly 3 years to
> fix a major issue from the moment I posted the first workaround. For
> another example, see http://bugs.python.org/issue3068, where I posted
> a patch for an extension configuration dialog over two years ago, and
> it hasn't received as much as a sneeze in response.

I can understand that this is frustrating, but please understand that
this is not specific to your patches, or to IDLE. Many other patches on
bugs.python.org remain unreviewed for many years. That's because many of
the issues are really tricky, and there are very few people who both
have the time and the expertise to evaluate them.

FWIW, I don't consider a few months as a "long" time for a patch review.
At the moment, I'm personally able to perhaps review one issue per week
(sometimes less); at this rate, it'll take several years until I get
to everything.


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