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https://github.com/simonw/sqlite-utils/issues/121#issuecomment-655673896 https://api.github.com/repos/simonw/sqlite-utils/issues/121 655673896 MDEyOklzc3VlQ29tbWVudDY1NTY3Mzg5Ng== 9599 2020-07-08T18:08:11Z 2020-07-08T18:08:11Z OWNER

I'm with you on most of this. Completely agreed that the CLI should do everything in a transaction.

The one thing I'm not keen on is forcing calling code to explicitly start a transaction, for a couple of reasons:

  1. It will break all of the existing code out there
  2. It doesn't match to how I most commonly use this library - as an interactive tool in a Jupyter notebook, where I'm generally working against a brand new scratch database and any errors don't actually matter

So... how about this: IF you wrap your code in a with db: block then the .insert() and suchlike methods expect you to manage transactions yourself. But if you don't use the context manager they behave like they do at the moment (or maybe a bit more sensibly).

That way existing code works as it does today, lazy people like me can call .insert() without thinking about transactions, but people writing actual production code (as opposed to Jupyter hacks) have a sensible way to take control of the transactions themselves.

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