[Python-Dev] Re: Deprecating divmod() // % for complex

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
15 Apr 2002 22:36:02 +0200

Guido van Rossum <guido@python.org> writes:

> > If that were the only issue, what's the point of maintaining a list in
> > the PEP at all?
> Beats me.  Maybe because the PEP author thought deprecating whole
> modules was a heavier kind of operation?  Maybe because he didn't
> realize other things could be deprecated as well?  Maybe because he
> planned a separate PEP for those?

He thought that it was indeed desirable to have a consolidated list of
all deprecated stuff, together with a rationale, so that people could
easily oppose the rationale. That idea never caught on.

It's not really necessary to maintain that consolidated list *in* the
PEP; any other place would be fine as well - but it needs to be a
single list, and it needs to be maintained.