[Python-Dev] Rework nntlib?

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Tue Sep 14 12:45:25 CEST 2010

On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 05:31:16 -0500
skip at pobox.com wrote:
>     Antoine> Like the email package, nntplib in py3k is broken (because of
>     Antoine> various bytes/str mismatches; I suppose the lack of a test
>     Antoine> suite didn't help when porting).
> How heavily used is nntp these days (unless you're looking for spam)?

Routinely, for example I'm posting this through NNTP on
news.gmane.org :)

Of course the need for a working NNTP library is much less than for a
working email package. I'm doing this because it scratches an itch,
not because I need it for myself.

> Would
> it make more sense to find someone willing to maintain it outside the Python
> core and just remove it altogether?

That someone remains to be found (it would not be me). Also, since the
NNTP protocol itself doesn't seem to see massive changes, it makes
sense to keep an implementation in the stdlib.



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