[Python-Dev] Fix Unicode-disabled build of Python 2.7

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 01:15:27 CEST 2014

On 25 Jun 2014 07:05, "Ethan Furman" <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> On 06/24/2014 12:54 PM, Ned Deily wrote:
>> Yes, we are committed to maintaining
>> Python 2.7 for multiple years but that doesn't mean we have to fix every
>> open issue or even most open issues.  Any or all of the above costs may
>> apply to any changes we make.  For many of our users, the best
>> maintenance policy for Python 2.7 would be the least change possible.
> +1
> We need to keep 2.7 running, but we don't need to kill ourselves doing
it.  If a bug has been there for a while, the affected users are probably
working around it by now.  ;)

Aye, in this case, I'm in the "officially deprecate the feature" camp.
Don't actively try to break it further, just slap a warning in the docs to
say it is no longer a supported configuration.

In my own personal case, I not only wasn't aware that there was still an
option to turn off the Unicode support, but I also wouldn't really class a
build with it turned off as still being Python. As Jim noted, there are
quite a lot of APIs that don't make sense if there's no Unicode type


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