[Python-Dev] Fwd: maintenance of the ElementTree / cElementTree packages in the Python standard library

Eli Bendersky eliben at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 12:26:22 CET 2012

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at pythonware.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 13:16
Subject: Re: maintenance of the ElementTree / cElementTree packages in
the Python standard library
To: Eli Bendersky <eliben at gmail.com>

Hi Eli, thanks for reaching out.  I'll get back to you with a more
"formal" reply later, but yeah, that sounds like a plan -- I have very
limited time for core Python work these days anyway (as you guys have
probably noticed :-).  But feel free to loop me in on suggested API
changes going forward (and I'll dig up my notes on additions that
would be nice to have if someone wants to work on that).


2012/2/10 Eli Bendersky <eliben at gmail.com>:
> Hello Fredrik,
> Recently a discussion came up on the python-dev mailing list regarding
> continued maintenance of the ElementTree & cElementTree packages which
> are part of the standard library, and which were originally
> contributed by you.
> There currently exists an unclear situation with respect to the active
> maintainer(s) of these packages. On one hand, PEP 360 states that the
> packages are officially maintained in your repositories and all
> problems should be assigned to you and fixed upstream. On the other
> hand, it appears that there has already been made a considerable
> amount of work (e.g. http://codereview.appspot.com/207048/show) solely
> within the Python repositories, as well as the port to Python 3 which
> now lives in all 3.x branches. In other words, de-facto the package
> has been forked in the Python repository. Note that no changes (AFAIU)
> have been made to the ElementTree *API*, only to the implementations
> living in the stdlib.
> I'd like to understand your point of view on this topic. There are
> currently 23 open issues on the package(s) in the Python tracker, and
> some additional plans are being made (such as 'import ElementTree'
> importing the C implementation by default, falling back on the Python
> implementation if that's unavailable). Is that alright with you that
> all such new fixes and developments are being made by Python code
> developers in the Python repositories directly, without waiting for
> your approval to submit them upstream?
> Thanks in advance,
> Eli

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