[Python-Dev] Mercurial migration: help needed

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Sat Aug 22 10:52:47 CEST 2009

Mark Hammond writes:
 > On 22/08/2009 2:46 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

 > Possibly - although I would expect the existing section names be reused 
 > when applied to a versioned file, I'd be more than happy for the hg guys 
 > to declare new names are appropriate for this.

If there's already an [Encode] section, that's different.  (I don't
details, I'm not that big a Mercurial fan.)  But you'd still need a
way to differentiate win32text rules from other encoding rules.

 > >   >  This way you aren't *enabling* extensions in this versioned file,
 > >
 > > True, but how many people will just download the extension and enable
 > > it?
 > In the ideal world, exactly as many people who would read the Python 
 > developer guide, then download and install the extension based purely on 
 > that.  IOW, it is Python itself setting the policy, so people need to 
 > make their own decisions based on that, regardless of whether the tool 
 > enforces it or not.

You're missing the point.  I'm not talking about whether it will work
for Python, I'm talking about the worry that somebody will post a way
cool Python branch and require a private extension, which everybody
will just automatically install and enable, which extension then
proceeds to phone home to Spammer Haven, Inc. with the contents of
your email contact list.  That's what I mean by "social engineering,"
and why I worry about policy pushback from Mercurial HQ.

Maybe that's more paranoid than they are....  But it can't hurt your
cause to be ready for that kind of worry.

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