[Python-Dev] .clinic.c vs .c.clinic
storchaka at gmail.com
Sat Jan 18 10:02:20 CET 2014
After the latest Argument Clinic updates my patches began to look much better.
Thank you Larry. Now Argument Clinic supports output to side file (this is not
default, you should specify "output preset file" at the start of first clinic
I already wrote about this here, but it seems my post got lost in the heart of
one of the numerous threads and was not noticed. So I repeat it as a separate
Now generated files have suffixes .clinic.c. I think it will be better, if they
will end at special suffix (.c.clinic or even just .clinic).
1. I very very often use global search in sources. It's my way of navigation
and it's my way of investigations. I don't want to get false results in
generated files. And it is much easy to specify mask '*.[ch]' or '*.c,*.h'
(depending on tool) than specify a mask and negative mask. The latter is even
not always possible, I can write cumbersome expression for the find command,
but Midnight Commander doesn't support negative masks at all (and perhaps your
favorite IDE doesn't support them too).
2. I'm not use any IDE, but if you use, it can be important for you. If IDE
shows sources tree, unlikely you want to see generated *.clinic.c files in
them. This will increase the list of sources almost twice.
3. Pathname expansion works better with unique endings, You can open all
Modules/_io/*.c files, but unlikely you so interested in *.clinic.c files which
are matched by former pattern.
4. .c suffix at the end lies. This is not compilable C source file. This file
should be included in other C source file. This will confuse accidental user
and other tools. Including Argument Clinic itself, this is why it inserts the
"preserve" directive at the start of generated file. But other tools have no
My attempt to convince Larry on IRC failed. He agreed to change his opinion
only if other core developers persuade him. I ask you to help me convince
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