[Python-Dev] Pronouncement on PEP 389: argparse?

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Tue Dec 15 01:17:50 CET 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 12:35, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:

> Steven Bethard <steven.bethard <at> gmail.com> writes:
> >
> > Please read the PEP if you haven't, particularly the "Why isn't the
> > functionality just being added to optparse?" section. I don't believe
> > it is sensible to re-implement all of optparse. What Ian Bicking is
> > proposing, I believe, is simpler -- adding a few aliases here and
> > there so that you don't have to rename so many things when you're
> > upgrading from optparse to argparse.
> Although I am of the people who think working modules shouldn't be
> deprecated, I
> also don't think adding compatibility aliases is a good idea. They only
> make the
> APIs more bloated and maintenance more tedious. Let's keep the new APIs
> clean of
> any unnecessary baggage.

Ditto from me. If people want a compatible module it can be made available
on PyPI for those who want it.

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