[Python-Dev] importing .pyc-files generated by Python 1.5.2 in Python 1.6. Why not?

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Wed, 24 May 2000 18:02:15 -0400

Peter Funk <pf@artcom-gmbh.de>:
> BTW: import.c contains the  following comment:
> /* XXX Perhaps the magic number should be frozen and a version field
>    added to the .pyc file header? */
> Judging from my decade long experience with exotic image and CAD data 
> formats I think this is always the way to go for binary data files.  
> Using this method newer versions of a program can always recognize
> the file format version and convert files generated by older versions
> in an appropriate way.

I have similar experience, notably with hacking graphics file formats.
I concur with this recommendation.
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