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Re: when and why did python(-minimal) become essential?

Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> writes:

> If a good number of scripts that would be worth including in the base
> system were written in haskell or scheme, I would be the first one to
> support that inclusion.

Which scripts written in Python do you feel should be included in the base
system and cannot be currently because Python isn't included?  Be

A killer application that everyone wants to have in base will be the way
that Python would enter base; without that, I think this discussion is
largely a waste of time and an invitation to back into argumentative
corners that can only result in hurt feelings.  Personally, I write both
Perl and Python, and if some fantastic core component of Debian ended up
being written in Objective CAML, I think that would be a great excuse to
learn Objective CAML.  But bickering over which language is best isn't
going to get us anywhere.

There's a pure resource tradeoff involved, and any language, including
Perl, has to pass a cost/benefit analysis that involves real applications
we want to run in base.  Obviously, once the language is already in base
and is already being used, the cost/benefit analysis reverses and one
instead starts looking at the cost of removing it.  The inherent merits of
the language rarely end up being a decisive factor.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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