I would like to apply this patch (or its moral equivalent) to all active, affected branches of Python, meaning 2.5 through 2.7, and 3.1 through 3.3, as soon as possible. Without this, it will be very difficult for anyone on future Ubuntu or Debian releases to build Python. Since it's not a new feature, but just a minor fix to the build process, I think it should be okay to back port.
If I understand the policy correctly, 2.5 and 2.6 are not considered active branches, so any doc, build or bug fixes are not acceptable. Regards