[Numpy-discussion] Removing datetime support for 1.4.x series ?

Bruce Southey bsouthey@gmail....
Tue Feb 2 08:26:38 CST 2010

On 02/02/2010 02:11 AM, David Cournapeau wrote:
> Hi,
> This is a follow-up of the discussion about ABI-breakage in Numpy
> 1.4.0. To sum it up, it is caused by the new datetime support, and it
> seems difficult to fix without removing datetime support altogether
> for the 1.4.x series.
> Both Chuck and myself are in favor of removing the datetime altogether
> for 1.4.x as a solution. At least in my case, it is mostly justified
> by the report from David Huard that the current datetime support is
> still a bit too experimental to be useful for people who rely on
> binaries.


> Are there any objections ? I know in particular Travis was against it
> when it was suggested, but it was not known at that time that the
> datetime support would break the ABI (I would have been more strongly
> against it if I knew at that time). The alternative is to just signal
> a breakage of the ABI in NumPy 1.4.1. I would like to solve this issue
> ASAP, as it is quite a burden for people who rely on binaries
> (changing the ABI would at least generate a useful message instead of
> weird failures / crashes).
> cheers,
> David
> _______________________________________________

I think a warning could be provided that the ABI will change in a 
forthcoming release although there has been a lot of traffic on this 


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