Can't: you're correct.
but AFAICS there are only 186 days left until Python's MAGIC scheme overflows:
/* XXX Perhaps the magic number should be frozen and a version field added to the .pyc file header? */ /* New way to come up with the magic number: (YEAR-1995), MONTH, DAY */ #define MAGIC (60202 | ((long)'\r'<<16) | ((long)'\n'<<24))
I couldn't find this problem in the SF bug tracking system. Should I submit a new bug entry ?
Somebody should! It's a known problem, but the last crusade to redefine it ended up with 85% of a spec but no worker bees. If that continues, note that it has no effect on whether existing Python releases will continue to run, it just means we can't release new versions -- but now that the licensing issue is settled, I think we'll just close down the project instead <wink>.
fun-while-it-lasted-ly y'rs - tim