PyWart(2.7.8) IDLE is more buggy than "Joe's apartment"!

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Mon Jul 21 21:16:48 CEST 2014

On 7/21/2014 10:27 AM, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2014-07-21, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
>> You call it a bug because you can't think of any way it could be
>> beneficial. That's the wrong way of looking at it. Something isn't a
>> bug because you find it annoying; it's a bug because it fails to
>> implement the programmer's intentions and/or the docs/specification.
> I was always taught that it's a "bug" is when a program doesn't do
> what a reasonable user expects -- that it's got nothing to do with the
> programmer's intent.

For the Python issue tracker at, one definition of a 
behavior ('bug') issue, one that might lead to a patch in maintenance 
releases of current versions, is a discrepancy between doc claim and 
code behavior. Discrepancies can be fixed by changing either doc or code 
to match the other, depending on which is considered to be wrong. Of 
course, sometime the doc is absent, partial, ambiguous, or confusing.

People (such as Rick) proposing enhancements often consider matching 
code and doc to be buggy by design. But this is different type of issue.

For Idle, the doc briefly specifies behavior at a high, user level. File 
/ open should 'open an existing file'. A text box for entry of a path 
would minimally suffice. The current open file dialog adds the option of 
filling in the box by clicking around the directory tree.

Terry Jan Reedy

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