Time to bundle PythonWin

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed May 17 05:03:56 EDT 2006

Dave Benjamin wrote:
> Hey folks,
> Why is PythonWin (win32all) still a separate download from a third party? 
> Is it legal, technical, or what? I think it's about time it be part of the 
> standard distribution.
Something that the other responders seem to have ignored is the 
separation of development of the two systems. If Python for Windows were 
to bundle win32all then there'd be less chance of Mark Hammond releasing 
bugfixes separately from the Python distribution, and he would have to 
synchronise his release cycles with those of the Python core.

It can be done (witness the forthcoming introduction of elementtree as a 
standard library module), but I see little benefit in this case, 
especially as there's little evidence that the majority of Windows 
Python users need win32all.

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