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ancient-rose-27306

08/23/2022, 4:35 PM
What does the backend
pants.backend.experimental
signify? Does it mean the features provided by this backend are in “experimental” stage and may be removed in future?
h

hundreds-father-404

08/23/2022, 4:37 PM
We've been discussing a better name for that this week. Thus far, we haven't removed any functionality and don't really plan to. Instead, it more means "some features may be missing and we may have to make some API changes" For example, we have
pants.backend.experimental.python.fmt.pyupgrade
, which currently runs with the
fmt
goal but we realize should be a new
fix
goal. Once we make that change, it will be stabilized
Which backends in particular are you curious about? I'm happy to explain what's not yet stable about them. (One idea we have is to create tracking issues for each backend, like what Rust does)
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ancient-rose-27306

08/23/2022, 6:15 PM
pants.backend.experimental.python
pants.backend.experimental.python.lint.autoflake
h

hundreds-father-404

08/23/2022, 6:24 PM
Autoflake is going to soon move from
fmt
to
fix
. Otherwise it's stable
experimental.python
has 2 features it looks like: the
publish
goal with Twine and the
vcs_version
target from https://www.pantsbuild.org/v2.13/docs/generating-version-tags
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