[Python-Dev] PEP 594: Removing dead batteries from the standard library

Victor Stinner vstinner at redhat.com
Tue May 21 07:24:34 EDT 2019

Le mar. 21 mai 2019 à 13:18, André Malo <nd at perlig.de> a écrit :
> There's software in production using both. (It doesn't mean it's on pypi or
> even free software).
> What would be the maintenance burden of those modules anyway? (at least for
> nntp, I guess it's not gonna change).

The maintenance burden is real even if it's not visible. For example,
test_nntplib is causing frequently issues on our CI:


It's failing frequently since 2013, and nobody managed to come with a
fix.. in 6 years.

There are 11 open issues with "nntp" in their title (8 with exactly
"nntplib" in their title).

test_nntplib uses the public server news.trigofacile.com which is
operated by Julien ÉLIE. Two years ago, Julien asked me if there is
any plan to support the NNTP "COMPRESS" command.


Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death.

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