[Python-Dev] 2to3, 3to2: official status

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Thu Nov 5 04:20:41 CET 2009

Collin Winter <collinw at gmail.com> writes:

> On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 6:49 PM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> > Okay. It's probably best for anyone with their Python developer hat
> > on (which, in this forum, is all the time for any Python developer)
> > to make the status of 3to2 clear when recommending it to people
> > concerned about future plans.
> Are you implying that we shouldn't recommend 3to2 to people wanting to
> develop in Py3k and back-translate to 2.x?

No, I'm implying that mentioning Python 3, 3to2, and 2to3 all together
in a discussion about how to migrate can easily give the false
impression that they're all equally supported by the Python developers.

That 3to2 is *not* supported officially is certainly something I'd want
to know if a Python core developer was recommending it to me to reassure
me about the migration path to Python 3, and I didn't get that
impression from the way it's been casually referenced in this

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