[Python-Dev] Rework nntlib?

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Sep 15 05:07:27 CEST 2010

On 9/14/2010 11:06 PM, geremy condra wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM, Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com> wrote:
>> On 9/14/2010 4:40 PM, Jon Ribbens wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 11:43:46AM -0500, skip at pobox.com wrote:
>>>> 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.
>>> NNTP is *very* considerably less dead than gopher.
>> That's an interesting metric. Would you like to list the extant
>> libraries implementing protocols that are *not* "*very* considerably
>> less dead than gopher"? ;-)
>> regards
>>  Steve
> I ran some statistics on the number of times modules out of the stdlib
> got imported a few months ago and came up with a reasonably
> comprehensive list of the least-used things in the stdlib. For the
> record, since I wound up parsing import statements and know some
> garbage data got in, its reasonable to assume that a few otherwise
> valid imports aren't recorded here. But enough with the disclaimers.
> I'm not sure what the name of the library was originally, but the word
> 'gopher' does not appear in any of the imports that I was able to
> parse in pypi. By contrast, nntplib and poplib are tied at 8, and as
> would be expected there are only a few recognizable names below that-
> aepack, aetypes, and posixfile are each stuck at 0; fractions,
> Bastion, and xdrlib have three, etc.
> The top five are os, sys, unittest, re, and time (in that order) with
> 27468, 18334, 14714, 13019, and 9906 imports respectively.
> If it doesn't annoy I can post the whole list, or email it privately
> to the interested.
> Geremy Condra
Post it to the list. If people complain, they can complain at me.

Thanks very much.


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