RELEASED Python 2.4, beta 2

Anthony Baxter anthony at
Thu Nov 4 00:50:50 CET 2004

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On behalf of the Python development team and the Python community, I'm
happy to announce the second beta of Python 2.4.

Python 2.4b2 is a beta release. We'd greatly appreciate it if you could
download it, kick the tires and let us know of any problems you find,
but it is probably not suitable for production usage.


Notable changes in beta2 include another bug fix in the intersection
of weakrefs and the garbage collector, time.strptime() correctly
handling %U and %W arguments, and a fix for a problem of old source code
being cached and shown in tracebacks. There's a number of other bugfixes
as well, see either the highlights, the What's New in Python 2.4, or the
detailed NEWS file -- all available from the Python 2.4 webpage.

This is the second beta release of Python 2.4. Python 2.4 is now in the
beta part of the release cycle - there should be few or no new features,
merely bug fixes. From here, we plan to have a release candidate in
a couple of weeks, and a final release at the start of December - but
obviously this plan is subject to change, based on any problems that
might crop up.

Please log any problems you have with this release in the SourceForge
bug tracker (noting that you're using 2.4b2):


Enjoy the new release,

Anthony Baxter
anthony at
Python Release Manager
(on behalf of the entire python-dev team)
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