[Python-Dev] Integrate lxml into the stdlib?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Mar 6 18:54:12 CET 2009

Stefan Behnel wrote:
> Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>>> I do see the point you are making here. Even if lxml gets mature and
>>> static, that doesn't necessarily apply to the external libraries it uses.
>>> However, I should note that exactly the same argument also applies to
>>> sqlite3 and gdbm, which, again, are in the stdlib today, with sqlite3 being
>>> a fairly recent addition.
>> Fortunately, it is possible for users to just replace the sqlite DLL in
>> a Python installation, with no need of recompiling anything.
> Interesting. I assume you are referring to Windows here, right? Does that
> "just work" because the DLL is in the same directory?

I have no idea, but my WinXP .../Python30/ install has

DLLs/_sqlite3.pyd 52K
DLLs/sqlite3.dll 557K
libs/_sqlite3.lib 2K

For whatever reason, most other things do not have all three files.

I do not know whether upgrades (like 3.0.0 to 3.0.1) would clobber other 
things added here.

> That would be a nice feature for lxml, too. We could just make the libxml2
> and libxslt DLLs package data under Windows in that case.

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