[Python-Dev] 2.7 Release? 2.7 == last of the 2.x line?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Tue Nov 3 19:15:38 CET 2009

> I wouldn't say that.  For instance, I'm just starting a refactoring that will
> result in getmail v.5, but I need to target Python 2.5 and up, so there's
> essentially no way the code will run in Python 3.x (as another list member
> posted).

That's a common myth. It is very well possible, using 2to3. You don't
have to wait until you can drop 2.5 to start supporting 3.x, out of a
single code base.

> Why do I need to target Python 2.5?  Because that's the most current default
> version of Python shipped in Debian stable and various other distributions
> that don't stay on the bleeding edge.  getmail v.4 targeted Python 2.3 and up,
> getmail v.3 targeted Python 1.5.2 and up.  I may be able to target Python 2.6
> in a year or two, at which point Python 3 compatibility becomes a reasonable
> goal.

Are you saying that it doesn't *run* on 2.6? Why?
(not sure what you mean by "targetting")


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