[Python-Dev] Proposed schedule for 3.4.2

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Thu Sep 11 20:36:29 CEST 2014

On Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:44:51 -0700
Alex Gaynor <alex.gaynor at gmail.com> wrote:
> *Shifts uncomfortably* it looks like presently there's not a good way to
> change anything about the SSL configuration for urllib.request.urlopen. It
> does not take a `context` argument, as the http.client API does:
> https://docs.python.org/3/library/urllib.request.html#module-urllib.request
> and instead takes the cafile, capath, cadefault args.

The reason it doesn't take a context argument is that SSL contexts are
hard to understand and configure for the average urlopen() user (why
should people know about ssl module specifics to open an HTTPS URL?).

http.client is more low-level and therefore more amenable to such
powerful knobs.



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