[Python-Dev] time critical: issue 7902 and 2.6.6rc2

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Aug 16 18:56:05 CEST 2010

Sounds to me like the fix is legit, and the bug it uncovered was a
real bug and should have been caught. There really is no justification
to consider it a feature -- the PEP is clear on that. So I think we
should keep the fix.

If it is a gray area, it is only gray because the implementation was
imperfect, not because one could argue about whether it should be a
feature. Anyone who wrote "from .os import walk" thinking it should
work did not understand relative imports at all. But more likely such
code only happened through some (semi-)automated editing and nobody
thought much about it at all, and they would have preferred for it to
fail in the first place. All in all it seems pretty clear.


On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 8:54 AM, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
> For 2.6.6rc1 a patch was committed that addressed bug 7902:
> http://bugs.python.org/issue7902
> http://svn.python.org/view?rev=81381&view=rev
> While this fixes a legitimate bug in Python 2.6, it also changes existing
> behavior in the 2.6 series.  As 2.6.6 is the last planned maintenance release,
> I do not think we've had enough testing of this change and am not sure it
> should stay in.
> Note that we've already seen one fallout from this.  Issue 9600 was fixed post
> rc1.  While its use of the syntax was incorrect, and the fix was easy and
> legitimate, I wonder how many other cases in unknown third party code there
> might be.  Antoine in IRC suggests it will be rare, and that the
> multiprocessing case was probably due to an incomplete code reorganization.  I
> agree, but still.
> http://bugs.python.org/issue9600
> Either way, I think we need a 2.6.6rc2 (a thought that's been invading my
> dreams all weekend :).  This would push back 2.6.6 final to September 12 or
> 13.
> I'd like your opinion on whether the fix for 7902 should stay in 2.6.6 or
> not.  Please respond asap, since *if* we revert this, I want that to go into
> 2.6.6rc2, and I'd like to tag that release in about 6 hours or so.
> Thanks,
> -Barry
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