[Python-Dev] Rework nntlib?

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Sep 14 13:10:54 CEST 2010

  On 14/09/2010 12:04, Senthil Kumaran wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:44:30PM +0200, Baptiste Carvello 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)?  Would
>>> it make more sense to find someone willing to maintain it outside the Python
>>> core and just remove it altogether?
>> Reading this from GMANE ;-)
> I guess, Skip's question or intention was, how often nntplib as a
> module is being used these days to write scripts/tools or clients?
> Very rarely.
> It would definitely be interesting to know, if there are python
> applications out there which are using nntplib at the moment.
Google code search shows a *few* uses. Most occurences are projects that 
include Python sources, but there are a handful that use it. e.g. sinntp


Search url:


Of course *every* standard library module will have *some* users. The 
question is whether or not a handful of users justifies something being 
in the standard library. If it was proposed as a new package then we 
probably wouldn't want it, but as we already have it then making it 
*work* is a different matter... :-)

All the best,

Michael Foord


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