[Python-Dev] trace.py and the obscurity of Tools/scripts/ (was: Unittest list)

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 11 Apr 2002 16:37:09 -0400

[Kevin Jacobs]
> And there are a ton of problems/bugs in trace.py from the current Python
> CVS.

Doesn't surprise me.  It's a hairy subject, and judging from the
comments embedded in the code, none of the contributors so far have
shown a complete grasp of the issues. :-)

> I've fixed about a dozen so far, and still going.  I'll submit diffs
> as soon as I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Maybe I'm just
> running trace in a very different way than most and exercising some
> of the weirder code paths?

Everybody who uses this code uses it in a completely ideosyncratic
way.  That's what makes it so frustrating to try to unify the

> In spite of the many esteemed contributors and the upcoming fixes
> from me, the design and the code are very raw and are (IMHO) a long
> way from being production quality.  Of course, if everyone pitches
> in and we have a code frag-fest, it could conceivably be ready quite
> soon.

Go for it!

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)