[spambayes-dev] RE: [Python-Dev] RE: [Spambayes] Question (orpossibly a bug report)

Christian Reis kiko at async.com.br
Thu Aug 14 00:38:49 EDT 2003

On Fri, Jul 25, 2003 at 03:13:46AM -0400, Tim Peters wrote:
> [martin at v.loewis.de]
> > While the feature is desirable, I don't like the patch it all. It
> > copies the relevant code of Gnome glib, and I
> > a) doubt it works on all systems we care about, and
> > b) is too much code for us to maintain, and
> > c) introduces yet another license (although the true authors
> >    of that code would be willing to relicense it)
> OTOH, even assuming "C" locale, Python's float<->string story varies across
> platforms anyway, due to different C libraries treating things like
> infinities, NaNs, signed zeroes, and the number of digits displayed in an
> exponent differently.  This also has bad consequences, although one-platform
> programmers usually don't notice them (Windows programmers do more than
> most, because MS's C library can't read back the strings it produces for
> NaNs and infinities -- which Python also produces and can't read back in
> then).
> So it's not that the patch is too much code to maintain, it's not enough
> code to do the whole job <0.9 wink>.

My question, now, is if we would we be able to cobble something even more
magical into the g_ascii_* functions that makes Python more robust to
these changes (over time)?

Take care,
Christian Reis, Senior Engineer, Async Open Source, Brazil.
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