[Python-Dev] SRE: what to do with undocumented attributes?
Guido van Rossum
Thu, 30 Mar 2000 18:31:43 -0500
> at this time, SRE uses types instead of classes for compiled
> patterns and matches. these classes provide a documented
> interface, and a bunch of internal attributes, for example:
> code -- a PCRE code object
> pattern -- the source pattern
> groupindex -- maps group names to group indices
> regs -- same as match.span()?
> groupindex -- as above
> re -- the pattern object used for this match
> string -- the target string used for this match
> the problem is that some other modules use these attributes
> directly. for example, xmllib.py uses the pattern attribute, and
> other code I've seen uses regs to speed things up.
> in SRE, I would like to get rid of all these (except possibly for
> the match.string attribute).
Sounds reasonable. All std lib modules that violate this will need to
be fixed once sre.py replaces re.py.
(Checkin of sre is next.)
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)