[Python-Dev] time functions

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Tue, 16 Jan 2001 12:18:24 +0100

"Eric S. Raymond" wrote:
> M.-A. Lemburg <mal@lemburg.com>:
> > +1 all the way -- though these days I tend not to use the
> > time module anymore. mxDateTime already does everything I want
> > and there date/time values are objects rather than Python integers
> > or tuples... ok, I'm just showing opff a little :)
> mxDateTime is on my short list of "why isn't this in the Python library
> already?"  Has it ever been discussed?

Yes. I'd rather keep it separate from the standard dist for
various reasons. One of these reasons is that I will be moving
the mx tools into a new packaging scheme built on distutils --
installing it should then boil down to a simple RPM install
or maybe a "python setup.py install" thanks to distutils. The
package will then become a subpackage of the mx package.

BTW, I see distutils as strong argument for *not* including
more exotic packages in Python's stdlib. If this catches on,
I expect that together with the Vaults we are not far away
from having our own CPAN style archive of add-on packages.
I also expect the commercial vendors like ActiveState et al.
to take care of wrapping SUMO distributions of Python and
the existing add-ons.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
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