[Python-Dev] PEP 3144 review.
solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Sep 16 02:20:41 CEST 2009
Peter Moody <peter <at> hda3.com> writes:
> >>>> However, I do not think
> >>>> that the proposed API should accept, eg, IPv4Network('192.168.1.1/24')
> >>>> as valid. That's just too confusing and error prone.
> >>> Indeed, it should throw some kind of ValueError instead.
> >> Peter, what do you think?
> I disagree. It seems overly pedantic to throw a valueerror on this.
> IPy does (used to do?) this and it's one of the primary reasons I
> wrote ipaddr.
Python is not PHP and does not try to be overly "smart" or tolerant when faced
with bizarrely-formatted input.
I don't see any valid reason for entering a network as "192.168.1.1/24" rather
than the canonical "192.168.1.0/24". The former might indicate a typing error or
a mental slip, so let's be helpful and signal it to the user.
> for addr in ipaddr.IPv4Network('126.96.36.199/24').iterwithnetmask():
> # 188.8.131.52/24, 184.108.40.206/24, 220.127.116.11/24...
I don't have any strong feelings about it, although I don't really think it is
needed, and a plethoric API is not a good thing (neither clarity-wise nor
> this can be done much more cleanly/easily than adding two new
> (redundant in my eyes) classes and much less pedantically than raising
> exceptions w/ IPv?Network() constructor received something other than
> base network address.
I don't think anybody suggested adding two classes. As for the "pedantry" of
thoroughly validating inputs, see above.
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