[Python-Dev] PEP about sys.implementation and implementation specific user site directory

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Oct 12 10:25:35 CEST 2009

"Martin v. Löwis" wrote:
>> id (required):
>>   lower case identifier, for example "cpython", "ironpython", "jython",
>> "pypy"
> Doing some bike-shedding: I'd like to not use "cpython" as the name of
> the python.org implementation. This term, I believe, was coined around
> JPython, somehow making the implementation language the primary means
> of distinction. However, there may be alternative implementations
> written in C (e.g. unladen swallow), or otherwise be "C based" (e.g.
> pypy).
> So I propose that the python.org version is identified as "python".

The CPython name is the traditional and commonly used name of the
python.org C implementation. Even though the name is inspired by
using C as implementation language, it doesn't refer to CPython
being the only implementation of Python in C.

I don't think there's a need to do any bike shedding on well
established names.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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