[Python-Dev] API for the new sysconfig module

Raymond Hettinger raymond.hettinger at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 22:35:03 CET 2010

On Dec 10, 2010, at 12:56 PM, Antoine Pitrou wrote:

> On Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:27:26 -0800
> Raymond Hettinger <raymond.hettinger at gmail.com> wrote:
>> IMO, sysconfig did not warrant a whole module.
> Where would you put it?

A single function in the sys module.

>> Rather than using two levels of dictionary, it's also possible
>> to use a named tuple if you think that is more clean looking:
>>>>> c = sys.sysconfig()             
>>>>> c.config_vars.get('SO)
>>   '.pyd'
> Some of these things are computed at runtime by parsing makefiles and
> other stuff. You don't want to do it as soon as the module is imported.

The proposal is for a function that does the computation when invoked,
not when imported.  The function returns a named tuple so that we can
use Python's builtin accessors like attributes and dict.get().


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