[IPython-dev] IPython pyreadline improvement of IPython
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Sun Jan 29 16:07:19 CST 2006
Ville Vainio wrote:
> On 1/29/06, Fernando Perez <Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu> wrote:
>>Given that readline is absolutely central to ipython's functionality, the
>>timing of our incorporating Gary's readline into our tree, and his idea of
>>porting this to *nix, appears perfect.
> There's still the job of actual porting... I don't know how hard it
> would be, but someone needs to have enough motivation to do it, it's
> mostly a political issue after all and there are several workarounds
> (one of which is using ipython).
Well, using ipython would NOT be a workaround (under *nix) if python dropped
readline: ipython itself would lose the readline features in that case.
> Incidentally, isn't there a BSD readline?
There's some readline-lite which Apple uses under OSX, and which they even
call libreadline (which fools readline-detection code), but it's apparently
quite limited compared to the real thing. But I don't know the details.
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