[Python-Dev] [poll] New name for __builtins__

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Dec 2 21:07:15 CET 2007


On Dec 2, 2007 7:40 AM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just for the record, I also like the idea of __builtins__ being a magic
> alias for the boringly-but-practically named builtins module.

[Imagine me jumping up and down and screaming at the top of my lungs
out of frustration:]

BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT IT IS! IT'S A HOOK FOR SANDBOXING! YOU SHOULD
NEVER BE USING __builtins__ DIRECTLY EXCEPT WHEN CONTROLLING THE SET
OF BUILTINS AVAILABLE TO UNTRUSTED CODE!

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


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