[Python-Dev] Proposal to revert r54204 (splitext change)

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Thu Mar 15 22:29:23 CET 2007

glyph at divmod.com schrieb:
>  >Not sure what you mean by "minor release". The change isn't proposed
>  >for the next bug fix release (2.5.1), but for the next major release
>  >(2.6). See PEP 6.
> Common parlance for the parts of a version number is:
>     major.minor.micro
> See:
> http://twistedmatrix.com/documents/current/api/twisted.python.versions.Version.html#__init__
> Changing this terminology about Python releases to be more consistent 
> with other projects would be a a subtle, but good shift towards a 
> generally better attitude of the expectations of "minor" releases.

When PEP 6 was originally written, it said "feature release", and "bug 
fix release". This was then changed at some point (too lazy to look
up subversion log now) to say "major release" and "bugfix release",
indicating that the major releases (in the sense of the common
expectation) *are* the 2.x releases. At that time, it wasn't clear
whether there ever would be a 3.0 release. This is where my
understanding of policy comes from: bug fix releases are for bug
fixes *only*, major releases can add new features, and correct
problems that may break existing applications (using parallel
APIs, warnings, etc, as appropriate).


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