Any other Python flaws?

phil hunt philh at
Wed Jun 20 20:51:56 CEST 2001

On 20 Jun 2001 15:15:48 GMT, Remco Gerlich <scarblac at> wrote:
>Tiago Henriques <tiago.henriques at> wrote in comp.lang.python:
>> Another annoying missing feature is the absence of command line editing in the
>> python shell. Perhaps now that the license has been made gnu-compatible it will
>> be possible to ship python pre-compiled with the readline library, instead of 
>> having to compile python yourself. I have compiled python with readline support
>> myself, and it's pretty easy, but for the average user who is afraid of makefiless
>> and compilations, it would be extra-nice if python were a bit more user-friendly
>> out-of-the-box.
>This isn't good, because readline is under the GPL. The only thing that the
>GPL compatibility means is that people are allowed to distribute a version
>of Python with readline compiled in - *under the GPL*.
>Python licensed under the GPL would be bad - it couldn't be embedded in
>non-GPL projects anymore.

Yes it could. It just couldn't be embedded in projects whose license
was more restrictive than the GPL.

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