Commonly-used names in the Python standard library

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Thu Feb 20 17:36:14 CET 2014

On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 3:26 AM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at> wrote:
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at>:
>> Also, what happens if two modules (one of which might be your script)
>> written for different versions both import some third module? Should
>> they get different versions, based on what version tags they use
>> themselves? Compatibility can't be changed that easily. You either run
>> on the new version, or run on the old. Not both.
> Shared C libraries face the exact same issue. Java seems pretty good on
> this front as well. When there is a will, there is a way.

Shared C libraries usually do it by linking against a particular
version. That's why you often need to keep multiple versions around.
Once it's all binary code, there's no more compatibility question - it
all runs on the same CPU. With Python code, the module's written to
run on a particular interpreter, and that can't just switch around -
it's like the weird and wonderful life I enjoyed as 32-bit computing
started coming along, and I wanted to call on code that used the other
word length...


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