[Numpy-discussion] Removing scipy.stsci was [Re: [SciPy-dev] Deprecate chararray [was Plea for help]]

Christopher Hanley chanley@stsci....
Thu Aug 20 18:43:27 CDT 2009

I agree with David's comments.  In that theme I have removed  
scipy.stsci from scipy.  Users get it directly from us at STScI via  
STSCI_PYTHON.  It doesn't have any documentation in the doc system.   
It isn't by default in the scipy namespace.  And as a recent bug  
report indicates they can't import it anyway.

That should clean some code up.  If someday a generic image processing  
library is added to scipy we can consider incorporating our modules  
back into scipy.  Until that time I would rather remove the  
redundancy.  It also help scipy's maintainability and frees me from  
having to worry about a fork in the code developing.


Christopher Hanley
Senior Systems Software Engineer
Space Telescope Science Institute
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Baltimore MD, 21218
(410) 338-4338

On Aug 20, 2009, at 3:04 PM, David Cournapeau wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM, Christopher  
> Hanley<chanley@stsci.edu> wrote:
> I agree those are not strong reasons without more backing.  What
> worries me the most, in both numpy and scipy, is code that nobody
> knows about, without any test or documentation. When it breaks, we
> can't fix it. That's unsustainable in the long term, because it takes
> a lot of time that people could spend somewhere else more useful.
> Especially when you have C code which does not work on some platforms,
> with new version of python (python 3k port, for example).
> I much prefer removing code to having code that barely works and
> cannot be maintained. Old code that people are ready to maintain, I
> have nothing against.
> cheers,
> David
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