[IPython-dev] IPython pyreadline improvement of IPython

Fernando Perez 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.

Cheers,

f




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