[Python-Dev] ConfigParser changes

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Fri, 14 Jul 2000 10:22:56 -0400

Guido van Rossum <guido@beopen.com>:
> One possible suggestion (just for your contemplation): if you're only
> adding methods, would it make sense to make a subclass, so that from
> the class one uses it is clear whether one intends to modify the
> options or just to read them?  That would enable future optimizations.

Yes, and I even know what I'd call the class: ConfigEditor.

Unfortunately this plan it trips on a historical fact; one (1) of the
write methods, add_section(), already existed in ConfigParser.  Moving
it to a ConfigEditor subclass would break backward compatibility.  And
I think it would be just too ugly to move all but one of the write
methods into ConfigEditor and leave add_section() in the base class.

If not for this problem I would be more than happy to do as you suggest.
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