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Title: re: convert re flags to (much friendlier) IntFlag constants
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Versions: Python 3.6
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: ethan.furman Nosy List: ethan.furman, gvanrossum, python-dev, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2016-09-11 20:29 by ethan.furman, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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Messages (16)
msg275848 - (view) Author: Ethan Furman (ethan.furman) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 20:29
Split from issue23591.
msg275849 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-09-11 20:30
New changeset 223731925d06 by Ethan Furman in branch 'default':
issue28082: use IntFlag for re constants
msg275860 - (view) Author: Raymond Hettinger (rhettinger) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 21:32
Guido, is this something you wanted to happen?  I thought you had objected to propagating the four flavors of enum throughout the standard library, particularly for long standing, stable APIs.

AFAICT, no one has ever requested this for the re module, nor is there any demonstrated need.  As a heavy user of regexes, I've have never looked at the flag values (and if I had, it wouldn't have been helpful to hide that these are integer values rather than giving them both a new type and an unattractive appearance:  <Flag.ASCII|IGNORECASE: 258>.  Also,  prior to this change, the re module and its sre components had no external dependencies and did not require any other modules to be loaded in memory to run.

If changes like this do go in, it needs better names (i.e. Flag -> RegexFlag) so that someone using typing doesn't end-up many distinct kinds of integer flags all being called Flag.
msg275863 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-09-11 21:54
New changeset 7369ec91d0f7 by Ethan Furman in branch 'default':
issue28082: better name for Flag
msg275864 - (view) Author: Ethan Furman (ethan.furman) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 21:55
The patch was initially from Serhiy as part of issue23591.  So it's safe to say at least one person requested it, and a core dev at that.

I will happily make it two people: as an occasional user of re having the constants be named makes it much easier for me to use; I daresay that is true for other occasional users.  IIRC giving names to numbers was one of the motivating factors in having Enum in the first place.

I do agree that RegexFlag is a better name -- I wasn't real happy with Flag but didn't want to miss the cutoff.
msg275865 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 22:01
re flags was the primary motive of introducing general IntFlags. This would help to handle frequent user error. Original issue is issue11957.
msg275869 - (view) Author: Ethan Furman (ethan.furman) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 22:07
Note: still need to update docs.
msg275880 - (view) Author: Guido van Rossum (gvanrossum) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 22:44
Yeah, I am generally in favor of this. Just yesterday there was a bug report (#28070) where someone claimed that the flags from r'(ix)A' were incorrect. They were 96 and should be 98. (He was right, and it was fixed already.) The way he had to prove that was rather indirect. If the flags had printed like with this proposal it would have been much more straightforward.
msg275881 - (view) Author: Raymond Hettinger (rhettinger) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 22:56
Ethan, can you give this class a better name than "Flags"?  Perhaps something like "RegexFlags" or somesuch?
msg275883 - (view) Author: Ethan Furman (ethan.furman) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-09-11 23:01
I did, immediately after your first post -- it's now RegexFlag.  Thank you for the suggestion!  Naming things can be hard, especially when trying to beat a deadline.
msg280257 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-07 23:17
The changeset 223731925d06 caused a performance regression: see issue #28637.
msg280263 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-11-07 23:46
New changeset d903a243c281 by Victor Stinner in branch '3.6':
Issue #28637: Revert issue #28082, don't import enum in re
msg280754 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-11-14 11:40
New changeset 5fd69d4a93e0 by Victor Stinner in branch '3.6':
Issue #28637: Reapply changeset 223731925d06

New changeset be66786e95de by Victor Stinner in branch '3.6':
Issue #28082: Add basic unit tests on re enums
msg280836 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-15 13:34
The change 5fd69d4a93e0 (use IntFlag for re constants) made the "regex_compile" benchmark slower:

Median +- std dev: [71c1970f27b6] 388 ms +- 3 ms -> [3cf248d10bed] 470 ms +- 4 ms: 1.21x slower
msg281377 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-11-21 16:31
New changeset 176fc21f8430 by Ethan Furman in branch '3.6':
closes issue28082: doc update and NEWS entry
msg281380 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-11-21 16:40
New changeset 493359386360 by Ethan Furman in branch '3.6':
issue28082: actually include NEWS entry
Date User Action Args
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