[Python-Dev] Issues with Py3.1's new ipaddr

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Mon Jun 1 20:32:03 CEST 2009

In http://bugs.python.org/issue3959 , Clay McClure is raising some objections to the new ipaddr.py module.  JP Calderone shares his 
concerns.  I think they were the only commenters not directly affiliated with one of the competing projects.  The issues they've 
raised seem serious, but I don't know enough about the subject to make a meaningful comment.

Am hoping python-dev participants can provide some informed judgments.  At issue is whether the module has some deep conceptual 
flaws that would warrant pulling it out of the 3.1 release.  Also at issue is whether the addition was too rushed (see David Moss's 
comment on the tracker and later comments by Antoine Pitrou).

Does anyone here know if Clay's concern about subnets vs netmasks in accurate and whether it affects the usability of the module?


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