[Python-Dev] Patch making the current email package (mostly) support bytes

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Sun Oct 3 04:40:35 CEST 2010

On Sat, 02 Oct 2010 19:15:57 -0500, Benjamin Peterson <benjamin at python.org> wrote:
> 2010/10/2 R. David Murray <rdmurray at bitdance.com>:
> > Regardless of whether or not this patch or a descendant thereof is
> > accepted I still intend to continue working on email6. =C2=A0There are ma=
> ny
> > other bugs in the current email package that require a rewrite of parts
> > of its infrastructure, and the email-sig is agreed that the email API
> > needs revision quite apart from the bytes/string issues. =C2=A0However, t=
> here
> > is something pleasing about the simplicity of this way of handling bytes
> > that I intend to consider carefully while we work further on email6.
> And how would this addition interact with changes in email6?

It will be no harder to do the backward compatibility support for this
than for the rest of the email5 API, if that's what you are asking.
Assuming my plan for backward compatibility works at all (which it


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