Robert Kern robert.kern at
Wed Nov 10 01:42:06 CET 2010

On 11/8/10 8:13 PM, Seebs wrote:
> On 2010-11-09, Ben Finney<ben+python at>  wrote:
>> Seebs<usenet-nospam at>  writes:
>>> I think we're stuck with backwards compatibility at least as far as
>>> 2.4.
>> Then you don't yet have the ???any??? and ???all??? built-in functions, or the
>> tuple-of-prefixes feature of ???str.startswith??? either. Bummer.
> Eww.
>> At which point, the Pythonic thing to do is to convince your
>> organisation to use a version of Python that's at least officially
>> supported by the PSF :-)
> Unfortunately, we're selling something to people who will explode if
> we tell them to upgrade their RHEL4 systems, so we have to work on those.
> (There is some tiny hope that we'll be able to move the baseline to RHEL5
> within another two years.)

When we deal with such people, we also sell them a recent Python interpreter. :-)

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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