[texworks] Drop of Python scripting support

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 31 19:44:21 CET 2011

Dear Stefan,

Sorry to hear you've been receiving this kind of discouraging and unhelpful messages. The tone of those remarks is completely inappropriate, and does nothing to promote goodwill, cooperation, understanding, or worthwhile progress in anyone's project. I hope the individual(s) concerned will, on reflection, feel thoroughly ashamed of their behavior.

And I hope this won't deter you from pursuing your much-appreciated work within the texworks project.


On 31 Oct 2011, at 18:20, Stefan Löffler wrote:

> Dear community,
> following some unfriendly [1] messages from people who claim to know
> Python, I have decided to drop Python scripting support from the
> binaries I build, effective immediately. Partly, the reason for this is
> that I cannot refute some of the technicalities with certainty, but
> mostly it is because I believe that this kind of approach has no place
> in TeXworks. Besides, I haven't heard of many people using it.
> If anyone has intimate knowledge of Python and is willing to look into
> Python scripting for Tw, I always have an open ear (so far, however, I
> have only received "don't do that" messages, instead of helpful ones).
> Anyway, I will not remove the Python-related code from the repository,
> so whoever wishes to use it can build Tw himself with Python enabled.
> Alternatively, it is still possible to run Python scripts using the
> normal way of executing system commands (although passing parameters and
> coding in a platform independent way becomes more difficult in that case).
> Regards,
> Stefan
> [1] "the wrong/naive/illusive Python embeding in this monstruous exe",
> "this project has drifted to become unusable", "completely irresponsible"

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