[Python-Dev] Variant of removing GIL.

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Sep 17 18:57:05 CEST 2005

Luis P Caamano wrote:
> Mind you though, I'm not trying to oversimplify the issue.
> I was not using python yet at that time (I started around
> 1.5/1.6) and I didn't see all the info involved in the decision
> making process, so I'm sure there were other issues that
> contributed to the decision of not keeping Greg's free
> threading changes.

For historical correctness, I believe there never was a
decision to "not keep Greg's free threading changes".
I believe Greg never actually contributed them (at least
not in a publically-visible manner). This, in turn appears
to be the result of the problem that nobody (including
Greg) was able to tell whether the patches are actually
correct (for extension modules, it appears there was
agreement that the patches are *not* correct).

(more correctly, it appears that some of the code made
 it to Python 1.5)

Instead, the issue mainly died because nobody provided
working code (along with a strategy on what to do with
the existing extension modules).


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