[Python-Dev] Rework nntlib?

Michael Foord michael at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Sep 14 15:36:56 CEST 2010

  On 14/09/2010 12:47, Steve Holden wrote:
> On 9/14/2010 7:10 AM, Michael Foord wrote:
>>   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
>> http://sinntp.googlecode.com/hg/
>> Search url:
>> http://www.google.com/codesearch?as_q=nntplib&btnG=Search+Code&hl=&as_package=&as_lang=python&as_filename=&as_class=&as_function=&as_license=&as_case=
>> 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
> How many of those uses are in Python 3? How many would break if ported
> to Python 3?

Given that nntplib *doesn't work* with Python 3, I would guess none. :-)


> regards
>   Steve


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