[Python-ideas] Pre-PEP Adding A Secrets Module To The Standard Library

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Tue Sep 22 19:05:34 CEST 2015

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 04:01:51PM +0000, Brett Cannon wrote:

> Out of this whole proposal, this password function is the one I'm most
> worried about. As someone who has a project whose entire job is to generate
> consistent passwords, I can tell you it's a messy business that will just
> lead to never-ending complaints about "why didn't you include this as part
> of password alphabet" or "why did you choose that length". It just isn't
> worth the hassle when it isn't going to impact a majority of Python users.
> This can be something that web frameworks and other folks worry about.

I too feel a quiet unease about password(), although I don't have 
anything concrete to pin it on. I'm happy to be guided by people with 
more experience in this realm.

What if we called it simple_password() and made it clear that it wasn't 
intended as an all-singing, all-dancing password generator?


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