[New-bugs-announce] [issue18716] Deprecate the formatter module

Brett Cannon report at bugs.python.org
Mon Aug 12 21:16:08 CEST 2013

New submission from Brett Cannon:

Turns out the formatter module isn't really used by anyone. Pydoc uses it, but it could easily use textwrap. Searching on Github shows a usage by someone who simply re-exposes it as part of their own public API but has no actual usage themselves (https://github.com/search?q=%22import+formatter%22&ref=searchresults&type=Code and https://github.com/search?q=%22from+formatter%22&type=Code&ref=searchresults) . A Google search only turns up references in books (https://www.google.ca/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}oq=%22import+formatter%22&{google:instantFieldTrialGroupParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=%22import+formatter%22&qscrl=1#bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=7bfd11bde90d01cb&q=%22import+formatter%22+OR+%22from+formatter%22&qscrl=1).

The attached patch deprecated formatter for removal in Python 3.6.

components: Library (Lib)
files: deprecate_formatter.diff
keywords: patch
messages: 194989
nosy: brett.cannon
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: test needed
status: open
title: Deprecate the formatter module
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file31252/deprecate_formatter.diff

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