PEP 594 cgi & cgitb removal

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri May 24 16:23:51 EDT 2019

I am responding to Paul indirectly because his post did not show up on 
the gmane mirror.

> Paul Rubin < at nospam.invalid>:

>> It also makes me ask why the Python team keeps
>> adding new stuff if it can't even keep the old stuff running.

Because the new stuff is expected to be more useful to more people than 
some of the old modules.  The module proposed for deletion are all or 
most all more than 20 years old, before there was a PyPI.  Some, like 
cgi and cgitb were legitimately put in the stdlib.  Others were 
specialist modules that today would not go in the stdlib.

Does anyone really think that gopherlib should still be in the stdlib, 
and that core developers should have to update its docs to explain it to 
newbies today?

My question is why people who value and understand old modules don't 
volunteer more to help keep them up to date.

Terry Jan Reedy

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