[Python-Dev] Re: [Python-checkins] python/dist/src/Lib/idlelib NEWS.txt,, idlever.py,,

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Mar 12 15:19:42 CET 2005

Kurt B. Kaiser wrote:
> To eliminate this confusion I'd propose either 
> 1. Eliminating the separate IDLE versioning now that it's installed with
>    Python when Tcl/Tk is available.
> or 
> 2. Bringing its version in sync with Python 2.5.
> I'm in favor of the latter, to handle the situation where a customized
> IDLE is decoupled from Python.

I think there is a 3rd option:

3. Decouple Python and IDLE version numbers. I.e. IDLE version numbers
    should change only when the IDLE maintainer thinks they should, not
    when the Python release manager bumps the Python versions.

For 2.4.1, the IDLE version number should just be rolled back (or
forward) to "1.1.1". Unless you plan to include IDLE 1.1.2 with Python
2.4.2, it will stay at 1.1.1 in the 2.4 branch.

Whether or not updating the IDLE code base to include new features
is another issue - it might be that an exception can be made for IDLE;
OTOH, it might be reasonable to apply the same strict requirements
for idlelib as we do for the rest of the Python library, i.e. no new


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