[Python-Dev] python-dev sprint at PyCon

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Nov 1 20:39:39 CET 2005

On 11/1/05, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> At 11:14 AM 11/1/2005 -0700, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> >I guess this ought to be recorded. :-(
> >
> >The issue has been beaten to death and my position remains firm:
> >rather than playing namespace games, consistent renaming is the right
> >thing to do here. This becomes a trivial source edit,
> Well, it's not trivial if you're (in my case) trying to support 2.3 and 2.4
> with the same code base.

You should just bite the bullet and make a privatized copy of the
package(s) on which you depend part of your own distributions.

> It'd be nice to have some other advice to offer people besides, "go edit
> your code".  Of course, if the feature hadn't already existed, I suppose a
> PEP to add it would have been shot down, so it's a reasonable decision.

I agree it would be nice if we could do something about deep version
issues. But it's hard, and using the absolute/relative ambiguity isn't
a solution but a nasty hack. I don't have a solution either except
copying code (which IMO is a *fine* solution in most cases as long as
copyright issues don't prevent you).

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

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