[Python-Dev] PEP 371: Additional Discussion

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 12:33:07 CEST 2008

Jesse Noller wrote:
> Per feedback from Guido, the python-dev list and others, I have sent
> in an updated version of PEP 371 - the inclusion of the pyprocessing
> module into the standard library.
> URL: http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0371/
> New highlights:
>  * The module will be renamed to "multiprocessing"
>  * The API will become PEP 8 compliant

My 2 cents on this: PEP 8 compliance in the multiprocessing API is a 
good idea, but threading should be updated at the same time to provide 
PEP 8 compliant aliases for the existing names. Using the old Java-based 
names should provoke a Py3k warning in 2.6 (note: to avoid a runtime 
performance hit when not using -3, the actual function definitions 
should be made conditional, rather than checking whether or not to emit 
the warning every time the legacy API is invoked)

The PyGILState_* bug in debug builds that RMO pointed out should also be 
mentioned in the PEP as something that needs to be fixed in order to 
implement the PEP.


[1] http://bugs.python.org/issue1683

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