[Python-Dev] Rework nntlib?

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Tue Sep 14 20:01:44 CEST 2010

On 9/14/2010 12:43 PM, skip at pobox.com wrote:
>     Baptiste> Reading this from GMANE ;-)
> I use GMANE too on occasion, but only via the web, as I suppose most people
> do.  I haven't actually used an NNTP-based app like xrn or gnus in probably
> two decades.  Do the GMANE folks publish HTTP v. NNTP statistics for their
> service?
> I question if the nntplib module is used enough to warrant inclusion with
> the rest of the batteries.  Not to mention dedication of scarce people
> resources.  Even though Antoine has kindly volunteered to make the necessary
> changes, I seem to recall that the email package transition took awhile to
> get right (and already had a reasonable test suite I suspect).  There are
> probably more critical parts of Python he could work on instead (though
> who's to dispute that Antoine has an NNTP itch?)  Finally, is there an
> application out in the wild using nntplib which is desirous of better NNTP
> support than Python currently has?
> We got rid of gopherlib a few years ago (deprecated in 2.5, presumably gone
> in 2.6).  I suspect the NNTP protocol has a greatly diminished user base as
> well, GMANE's presence notwithstanding.
> Skip

The fact that Mailman will need it would alone outweigh all those
considerations in my mind.


PS: I read c.l.py-dev using NNTP from Thunderbird. Why anyone bothers
with these web interfaces is beyond me ...

PPS: What makes you think the email package transition is complete?
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