[IPython-dev] Dependency on pyreadline

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Tue Nov 12 20:19:21 EST 2013

On 12 November 2013 08:24, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Windows, the IPython documentation says that pyreadline is a
> dependency. (From the website, "As indicated above, on Windows,
> PyReadline is a *mandatory* dependency".) However, I have on occasion
> seen problems with pyreadline, and it's not easy to disable it when
> that happens.
> So just to be clear - does anything in IPython *need* pyreadline?

No, that language can probably be softened. It was fairly mandatory when
IPython was just a terminal interface, because without the features it
provided you lost a big part of the reason to use IPython at all. But it's
less important with the new interfaces, and I think the code allows for
readline not being importable.

Do you want to do a quick PR against the docs?

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