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[Python-Dev] Inclusion of lz4 bindings in stdlib?


On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 10:43:04AM -0800, Gregory P. Smith wrote:

> PyPI makes getting more algorithms easy.

Can we please stop over-generalising like this? PyPI makes getting 
more algorithms easy for *SOME* people. (Sorry for shouting, but you 
just pressed one of my buttons.)

PyPI might as well not exist for those who cannot, for technical or 
policy reasons, install addition software beyond the std lib on the 
computers they use. (I hesitate to say "their computers".)

In many school or corporate networks, installing unapproved software can 
get you expelled or fired. And getting approval may be effectively 
impossible, or take months of considerable effort navigating some 
complex bureaucratic process.

This is not an argument either for or against adding LZ4, I have no 
opinion either way. But it is a reminder that "just get it from PyPI" 
represents an extremely privileged position that not all Python users 
are capable of taking, and we shouldn't be so blase about abandoning 
those who can't to future std lib improvements.



-- 
Steve