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In trio/*.py, when possible, use public names instead of trio._core.* #1017

njsmith opened this issue Apr 22, 2019 · 2 comments

In trio/*.py, when possible, use public names instead of trio._core.* #1017

njsmith opened this issue Apr 22, 2019 · 2 comments


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njsmith commented Apr 22, 2019

In this recent forum post, @math2001 was wondering how to implement something like trio.move_on_after, so they looked at the source... and saw a reference to _core.current_time(), which made them think that it was using spooky private APIs:

Of course, that's not the goal. Nothing in the trio._core.* API is actually private – it all gets re-exported from trio.*, trio.hazmat.*, or trio.testing.*, and the whole point of having a _core API layer is to make sure that it is possible to implement your own versions of things like move_on_after. But there's no way @math2001 could have known that when they dug into the code :-). And if move_on_after had used trio.current_time() instead of _core.current_time(), then the confusion could have been avoided.

So probably we should do a pass through the files in trio/*.py, and replace references to _core.* with trio.* or trio.hazmat.* as appropriate. There might be some places where this is difficult or annoying (e.g. when implementing trio itself you can't necessarily replace from ._core import <names> with from trio import <names>, because of circular import issues), but for files like trio/ this would be easy to do.

Marking "good first issue" because it's pretty straightforward. For example, in trio/, it'd be a matter of:

  1. Replacing from . import _core with import trio
  2. Replacing references to _core.current_timetrio.current_time, _core.CancelScopetrio.CancelScope

There are a bunch of files to look through, but for a first issue it'd be fine to just pick one to start with.

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I'm new here, but I'd like to give this a go if no one else already has.

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njsmith commented May 1, 2019

Fixed in #1020

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