[Python-Dev] Deprecating the formatter module

Eli Bendersky eliben at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 23:22:01 CEST 2013

On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:

> 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.

I wish we had a way to collect real-world usage on such things. I tried a
couple of code search engines, but this one is difficult to unravel because
many Python packages have their own formatter module (for example Django,
pygments) that probably does something different.

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