[Python-Dev] Python version number in file names

Jack Jansen Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl
Wed, 30 Jul 2003 23:46:49 +0200

Something that came up in the 2.3 alfa/beta/release cycle is that there 
is a buglet
in our version numbering scheme. We use "major.minor" as the indicator 
of binary
compatibility, and hence use "lib/python2.3" to put things, distutils 
uses "2.3"
in its build directory and distribution filenames, etc.

There are exceptions to this binary compatibility rule, however, and 
that are the
alfa and beta releases: these are explicitly not guaranteed to be 
compatible. This
problem has always existed, but as far as I know it was theoretical 
until Apple shipped
a Python 2.3 beta with their Panther beta. All betas, but still this 
means that there
is now a much bigger chance than their ever was of people trying to use 
things built
for 2.3final with 2.3b2, or people building modules with 2.3b2 for 
quite some time,
which others will then try to install into 2.3final.

I think it's a good idea to fix this. I thought I had an algorithm to 
do this
using '.'.join(version.split('.')[:2]) in stead of version[:3], but 
this will make the release candidates also not use "python2.3", and I 
think for these
we definitely want to use the final names. Still, an algorithm 
shouldn't be rocket

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