[Python-Dev] Deprecating the formatter module

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Wed Aug 14 18:41:10 CEST 2013

> 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.

Note that it is/was used in Grail, whose most recent release appears
to have been 1999:


I'm not suggesting this is an overriding reason to keep it, just
noting that it has seen significant use at one time by a rather
prominent Python developer (who was apparently not at your sprint).


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