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Author markroseman
Recipients Al.Sweigart, kbk, markroseman, roger.serwy, terry.reedy
Date 2015-08-13.21:11:49
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One of the concerns with making significant structural changes to the IDLE codebase is breakage of external that might import a piece of idlelib (so not just 'import idlelib' but a particular submodule). 

PEP 434 already makes the case that this behaviour is unsupported ("the modules are undocumented and effectively private implementations"). In the interests of not digging this particular hole any further, I'm suggesting we make this official. 

I don't know what the appropriate mechanism would be (e.g. something in IDLE's README.txt file, something at the top of each IDLE module, etc.).

Based on some suggestions on idle-dev, I did some searching to find out what impact this might have. As expected, most uses import the whole thing, either documenting how to run IDLE, or launching it as an external editor. This is done as both "import idlelib" but also as "import idlelib.idle"

Turtledemo appears to be the only thing in stdlib that imports a piece of idlelib.

From, one reference to a now-defunct wiki/collaboration tool called Springnote.  From, nothing significant.

Multiple applications do import PyShell as a way of starting a Python shell in their application. Usually they do just call PyShell.main(). Sometimes though they do "reach inside" in fairly significant ways that might break if the code were substantially changed. For example, search for PyShell in

I could locate no other significant uses based on Google search, etc.

The one exception I would therefore suggest to the "no importing submodules" would be importing PyShell to open up a Python shell window. I'd go further to suggest that the existing PyShell be called something else, and a new PyShell wrapper be created which documents an official API (with therefore very limited mucking inside), and then delegates to an actual implementation.
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