[Python-Dev] Mercurial migration: help needed

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Aug 23 09:16:49 CEST 2009

>>>  From my POV, this would be required in some form or another before such
>>> a scheme could actually work.  Without it we end up with an improved
>>> win32text (good!)
>> I still think this would be actually bad.
>> Instead, a new extension should be written, with a name that does not
>> have "win32" as a substring, and that has no provision for guessing
>> line breaks by inspecting files.
> To be clear, you are suggesting:
> * Having hg enforce an extension as required is good.

I have no opinion on that.

> * Python adopting win32text as that extension would be bad - instead
> another extension with different semantics (ie, no guessing based on
> file content) should be used, and enforced, instead.

Yes. The functionality being discussed should not be added to win32text.

> Assuming I am correct, I am inclined to agree - win32text may be "good
> enough" in the short term, but it is far from ideal.

I also feel that an extension that is inherently platform independent
and has a clear specification has much higher chances of becoming a
standard feature of Mercurial one day.


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