[Python-ideas] Moving development out of the standard library

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Jun 8 00:45:21 CEST 2010

On 7 June 2010 22:20, Eric Smith <eric at trueblade.com> wrote:

> Tarek Ziadé wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 10:00 PM, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> If there are important bugs we'll have to work around them.
>>> If there are added features we'll have to ignore them.
>> Not for the bug fixes because they will likely to be backported in all
>> versions. (3.3 and 2.7)
>> Now for new features, if pip uses the latest 2.x and the latest 3.x
>> versions, you will get them.
>> I am not sure why you would have to ignore them.  You would probably want
>> to
>> use the new features when they are released, and still make your code
>> work with older versions.
> There's no way for the new features to show up in 3.3, is there? You can't
> add them to a micro release, and you can't replace a module in the standard
> library. I think that's Ian's point.

But that's no different to pip using *any* standard library module. If you
want to support Python 2.4 you can't use os.path.relpath (or you have to
provide it yourself anyway) for example.


> pip could use the new features in 3.4, and it could get the new features in
> 2.x if the users were willing to install the updated library, since it's not
> in the stdlib. But for 3.3 you'd be stuck.
> --
> Eric.
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