[Python-3000] Is pickle's persistent_id worth keeping?

Jesus Cea jcea at argo.es
Thu Jan 10 13:52:55 CET 2008

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Guido van Rossum wrote:
> pickle should definitely remain part of the core; it is timed in lots
> of ways to core datatypes. It is also something that I expect nobody
> would be thrilled to maintain if it was separate. And there is a lot
> to say for having a "universal" serialization format; e.g. there have
> been RPC systems built on top of pickling.

Notably, the wonderful Pyro :-)

> For things like bsddb I think the argument of release cycles is
> stronger. In particular bsddb support in the core is painful, the
> tests often fail, they take a long time to run, and I don't see that
> many users.

I'm very dependent of bsddb support in python. I'm very sorry also of
the maintainer support of it: he is slow and doesn't implement python
bindings for berkeleydb features deployed five years ago :-(. Could be a
bit rude, but maybe a maintaner change would be in order. I would rather
prefer to talk to current maintainer, but I rather apply for maintaner
position than dropping bsddb from the python stdlib!!.

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