[IPython-dev] UNC readline and ipython

Gary Bishop gb at cs.unc.edu
Sat Jan 21 08:52:07 EST 2006

I am glad that folks find it useful. I know I do.

I can take my version down anytime. I put it there as a service. I guess
there are pointers all over the web, so I should, as you say, add a note
that it has been superceded.

Something you guys should consider, IMO, is replacing readline for all other
OS! Python would benefit greatly from having its own readline written in
Python. To first order all that would be required is a Linux version of
Console.py. The rest of the code is mostly os independent.

Whatever license is fine with me as long as it doesn't restrict folks from
using and modifying it.


On 1/21/06, Fernando Perez <Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu> wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> I hope all is well on your side.  I just wanted to contact you regarding
> the
> UNC readline library.  In the past, you've mentioned how you don't have
> much
> time to work on it these days, and that you'd be OK with others continuing
> maintenance of it.  In these threads (and some others before this)
> http://scipy.net/pipermail/ipython-dev/2006-January/000817.html
> http://scipy.net/pipermail/ipython-dev/2006-January/000828.html
> we've been discussing doing this, and starting to distribute your readline
> as
> part of ipython.  Several ipython users are willing to contribute patches,
> and
> the new maintainer of the stable branch (Ville Vainio) is a win32 user who
> can
> test and incorporate these contributions, so I expect this to improve the
> library, in particular regarding support for non-US keyboards.
> We'll begin merging this code and testing integration soon.  I was
> wondering
> if you'd like us to drop you a note when a new version of ipython which
> has
> this into it begins shipping, as you may perhaps want to put a note
> mentioning
> this on your site.  This would point new users to the actively-developed
> version of the library.
> Please let us know (this is cc-d to ipython-dev) if you have any
> comments/ideas/suggestions/objections regarding this.  Needless to say,
> all
> original authorship notices will be maintained.
> One last, important, question: before we can officially ship this, we need
> to
> be sure that the license conditions are OK.  IPython is BSD-licensed.  Is
> it
> OK with you that we distribute your code in this manner?  If so, we would
> add
> a license tag to the files, to make sure this is explicitly indicated.
> Thanks for having written this in the first place.  Without it, ipython
> would
> never have been a really useful tool under a win32 environment.
> Regards,
> f
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