. Python 2.1 function attributes

Barry A. Warsaw barry at digicool.com
Fri Feb 2 09:24:26 CET 2001

>>>>> "TP" == Tim Peters <tim.one at home.com> writes:

    TP> And I'll toss in one marginal one: Lib/smtpd.py has 12
    TP> instances of

And I agree, it's marginal.  But I wrote that code a looong time
ago[*], I think just after print>> was added, and mostly to experiment
with it.  If I did it again today, I probably /would/ use a debug
function (much like I still use a syslog() debug function in
Mailman).  Tim's absolutely right, there's still a place for debug
functions, but when print's behavior is what you want, I see no reason
to go through the headaches and ugliness of sys.stdout redirection, or
to re-implement all that behavior in a homegrown function.

I do use print>> quite a bit in my mimelib package (Generator.py)
because it's just so damn convenient and (to me, and I wrote it so I
get to choose :) so much cleaner than either a function or wrapping in
sys.stdout redirection.  I really do believe either of those latter
solutions would be uglier, if done correctly, compatibly, and

and-email-is-(arguably)-human-readable-ly y'rs,

[*] even though it was just recently checked in.

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