[IPython-dev] UNC readline and ipython
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Sat Jan 21 09:02:25 EST 2006
Gary Bishop wrote:
> 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 that it has been superceded.
Great, many thanks! We'll drop you a line when this is released, so you can
add such a note.
> 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.
Good point. In fact, just this week on python-dev there's been talk of
_removing_ readline from python altogether in the future, due to licensing
concerns. readline is GPL, and it's unclear whether the FSF could come after
Python for GPL violations. Thread here:
This could future-proof us as well. All the more reason to move forward with
this plan, then! Over time, we may experiment with enabling this under linux.
Note to ipython-dev: in light of this, should we reconsider using winreadline
as the package name? Perhaps 'uncreadline' or 'gbreadline'? Thoughts?
> Whatever license is fine with me as long as it doesn't restrict folks from
> using and modifying it.
Thanks. BSD is about as liberal a license as they come, so we're OK here
then. And it fits with the rest of ipython in this regard.
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