[Python-Dev] Integrate BeautifulSoup into stdlib?

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 20:51:51 CET 2009

Michael Foord wrote:
> Chris Withers wrote:
>> ... love to see ... but ... not optimistic

>> - python to grow a decent, cross platform, package management system

As stated, this may be impossible, because of the difference in what a
package should mean on Windows vs Unix.

If you just mean a way to add python packages from pypi as with
EasyInstall, then maybe.

>> - the standard library to actually shrink to a point where only
>> libraries that are not released elsewhere are included

In some environments, each new component must be approved.  Once
python is approved, the standard library is OK, but adding 7 packages
from pypi requires 7 more sets of approvals.

On the other hand, if there were a way to say "The PSF explicitly
endorses Packages X, Y, and Z as worthy of the stdlib; they are
distributed separately for administrative reasons", then the initial
request could be for "Python plus officially endorsed addons"

That said, it may make sense to just give greater prominence to
existing repackagers, such as ActiveState or Enthought.

> If a library is well maintained then there seems to be little point in
> moving it into the standard library

The official endorsement is in many cases more important than shared


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