[Python-Dev] Proposing "Argument Clinic", a new way of specifying arguments to builtins for CPython

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Tue Dec 4 20:35:28 CET 2012

On Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:04:09 -0800
Larry Hastings <larry at hastings.org> wrote:
> Along these lines, I've been contemplating proposing that Clinic 
> specifically understand "path" arguments, distinctly from other string 
> arguments, as they are both common and rarely handled correctly.  My 
> main fear is that I probably don't understand all their complexities 
> either ;-)
> Anyway, this is certainly something we can consider *improving* for 
> Python 3.4.  But for now I'm trying to make Clinic an indistinguishable 
> drop-in replacement.
> Naturally I agree Clinic needs more polishing.  But the problem you fear 
> is already solved.  Clinic allows precisely expressing any existing 
> PyArg_ "format unit"** through a combination of the type of the 
> parameter and its "flags".

Very nice then! Your work is promising, and I hope we'll see a version
of it some day in Python 3.4 (or 3.4+k).



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