[Python-Dev] s/hotshot/lsprof

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Nov 20 23:15:14 CET 2005

Michael Hudson wrote:
>>As stated, it certainly is a bad idea.
> This is a bit extreme...

Yes, my apologies :-(

>>To make it a good idea, there should also be some commitment to
>>maintain this library for a number of years. So who would be
>>maintaining it, and what are their plans for doing so?
> Well, the post was made by Armin who has been involved in CPython
> development for quite a few years now, and mentioned that work on
> lsprof was done by me who has been around for even longer -- neither
> of us are going to quit anytime soon.

The same could be said about hotshot, which was originally contributed
by Fred Drake, and hacked by Tim Peters, yourself, and others. Yet, now
people want to remove it again.

I'm really concerned that the same fate will happen to any new
profiling library: anybody but the original author will hate it,
write his own, and then suggest to replace the existing one.
It is the "let's build it from scratch" attitude which makes
me nervous.

Perhaps the library could be distributed separately for some time, e.g.
as a package in the cheeseshop. When it proves to be mature, I probably
would object less.


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