[Python-Dev] stat module in C -- what to do with stat.py?

Gustavo Carneiro gjcarneiro at gmail.com
Fri Jun 21 23:02:44 CEST 2013

On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info>wrote:

> On 21/06/13 01:35, Benjamin Peterson wrote:
>> 2013/6/20 Charles-François Natali <cf.natali at gmail.com>:
>>> 2013/6/20 Thomas Wouters <thomas at python.org>:
>>>> If the .py file is going to be wrong or incomplete, why would we want to
>>>> keep it -- or use it as fallback -- at all? If we're dead set on having
>>>> a
>>>> .py file instead of requiring it to be part of the interpreter
>>>> (whichever
>>>> that is, however it was built), it should be generated as part of the
>>>> build
>>>> process. Personally, I don't see the value in it; other implementations
>>>> will
>>>> need to do *something* special to use it anyway.
> That's not correct. Other implementations can do exactly what CPython 3.3
> does, namely just use stat.py as given. Not all implementations necessarily
> care about multiple platforms where stat constants are likely to change.
>  That's exactly my rationale for pushing for removal.
>> +1 to nixing it.
> -1
> Reading the Python source code is a very good way for beginner programmers
> to learn about things like this.

On the other hand, it is counter-productive to learn about code that is
conceptually _wrong_.
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