[Python-Dev] Deprecating the formatter module

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Mon Aug 12 21:22:06 CEST 2013

At the PyCon CA sprint someone discovered the formatter module had somewhat
low code coverage. We discovered this is because it's tested by
test_sundry, i.e. it's tested by importing it and that's it.

We then realized that it isn't really used by anyone (pydoc uses it but it
should have been using textwrap). Looking at the history of the module it
has just been a magnet for cleanup revisions and not actual usage or
development since Guido added it back in 1995.

I have created http://bugs.python.org/issue18716 to deprecate the formatter
module for removal in Python 3.6 unless someone convinces me otherwise that
deprecation and removal is the wrong move.
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