On 3 February 2016 at 11:00, Barry Warsaw firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Feb 03, 2016, at 11:03 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
The point being, I'm not entirely sure I agree that a major version bump would *necessarily* be considered a big deal, let alone a barrier to adoption.
The problem isn't so much the major version bump, but what to do about the command name on *nix. I'm admittedly biased about that being "the" problem. ;)
You beat me to bringing it up :)
I think you'd get a lot of resistance if you named it 'python'. You can't name it 'python3'. Maybe 'python4' would be okay, but please let's not do that any time soon. We're still in the midst of a transition to Python 3 and I think anything that muddies those waters will just mean more FUD that some of us front-liners have to contend with.
Although if anyone has both the C/POSIX skills and the necessary roundtuits to help move Geoffrey Thomas's "pythonmux"  idea forward, we may be able to settle the preferred behaviour of the "/usr/bin/python" path once and for all.