[Python-Dev] --with-fpectl changes the CPython ABI

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Jan 2 11:21:39 EST 2017

I am happy to see it go. It was contributed many, many years ago by people
(scientists from the early numpy world IIRC) who had a very specific use
for it, but weren't really into maintaining it long-term, and I wasn't
strong enough to refuse a well-meaning but poorly executed contribution at
the time -- so we compromised on having the whole thing enabled through
`#ifdef`. Clearly it started rotting the day I committed the code...

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 4:22 AM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2 January 2017 at 18:27, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
>> So I guess that yeah, my suggestion would be to drop this feature
>> entirely in 3.7, given that it's never been enabled by default and has
>> been largely broken for years. Or do we still need a full deprecation
>> cycle?
> I think the existing warning in the docs and the fact it's apparently been
> fundamentally broken for years is sufficient justification for just
> dropping it entirely. An explicit deprecation warning could be added in
> 3.6.1 and a Py3k warning in 2.7.x, though - those changes shouldn't be
> difficult, and it's a nice courtesy for anyone that *is* somehow currently
> getting it to work.
> Cheers,
> Nick.
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