[Python-Dev] Unicode Imports

Giovanni Bajo rasky at develer.com
Fri Sep 8 20:51:46 CEST 2006

Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:

> IMO it's the call of the release managers. Board members ought to
> trust the release managers and not apply undue pressure.

+1, but I would love to see a more formal definition of what a "bugfix" is,
which would reduce the ambiguous cases, and thus reduce the number of times the
release managers are called to pronounce.

Other projects, for instance, describe point releases as "open for regression
fixes only", which means that a patch, to be eligible for a point release, must
fix a regression (something which used to work before, and doesn't anymore).

Regressions are important because they affect people wanting to upgrade Python.
If something never worked before (like this unicode path thingie), surely
existing Python users are not affected by the bug (or they have already
workarounds in place), so that NOT having the bug fixed in a point release is
not a problem.

Anyway, I'm not pushing for this specific policy (even if I like it): I'm just
suggesting Release Managers to more formally define what should and what should
not go in a point release.

Giovanni Bajo

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