[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 11:37:42 -0400
Guido van Rossum writes:
> Weren't weakrefs an external module in 2.1? Can't you distribute that
> separately with PyXML (under a different name)?
They were an external module in that the types as well as the
Python-level access was in Modules/_weakref.c, but invalidating
references required cooperation from the core, since action is taken
when the refcount goes to 0. It cannot work for 2.0 under any name.
> Yeah, but there were some very loud supporters who mostly wanted it
> for political reasons at the time. I think I may have fallen for
> their arguments a little too fast. ;-)
Maybe. I *still* think providing XML support out of the box is a good
thing, the questions for me are related to how that should be done
rather than whether it should be. But that's a separate discussion.
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>
PythonLabs at Zope Corporation