stderr is a lame hack?

Erik Jones erik at
Fri Oct 12 22:36:07 CEST 2007

So, I was just taking a look at and saw this:

Then running the module as a script will cause the examples in the
docstrings to get executed and verified:


This won't display anything unless an example fails, in which case the
failing example(s) and the cause(s) of the failure(s) are printed to  
(why not stderr? because stderr is a lame hack <0.2 wink>), and the  
line of output is "Test failed.".

What does he mean by stderr being a lame hack?

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