[Python-Dev] Minix?

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
12 Nov 2002 20:05:23 +0100

Skip Montanaro <skip@pobox.com> writes:

> So, one of the first things we should do after 2.3 is released is make a
> pass through PEP 11 and unsupport a bunch of stuff.  I just deleted the
> reference in the README file.

Actually, *before* 2.3, we will need to add warnings. So anybody using
one of the unsupported systems will get a build failure, and thus can
step forward to maintain that port. In 2.3, it will be easy to restore
the support: Just remove the build failure. In 2.4, the maintainer
would have to produce some larger patch, restoring the removed code,
and likely fixing it.

I don't really expect anybody to step forward, atleast in one case,
the user decided that a system upgrade (from SunOS 4 to Solaris) would
be easier. But we do need to give users a chance, since experience
tells that users want support for strange systems.

In the specific case of Minix build instructions, it is probably ok
that it is removed already, but I'd like to ask everybody to stick to
the plan of PEP 11.