[Python-Dev] Negative timedelta strings
There's a furious discussion going on at the python-list mailing list,
about negative timedelta strings:
py> str(timedelta(0, -1))
'-1 day, 23:59:59'
This is documented. It's even documented as being "somewhat unusual". I
found a tracker item for it, back in July 2010:
and that refers back to a discussion on #python-dev, but (as far as I
know) that's not archived anywhere. I had a look on the python-dev
mailing list around that time, and couldn't find anything.
Does anyone remember the rationale for this behaviour? Is it open to
debate or is it now cast in stone? (Personally, I'm not looking to
reopen the debate, and if I did, it would be on python-ideas.) Any links
to the earlier discussion would be helpful.