[Python-Dev] getting stable URLs for major.minor versions

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Thu Jan 27 21:38:45 CET 2011

Because of all the writing I have been doing lately, I have been
pulling up a lot of URLs pointing to various Python releases based
around minor versions (e.g., Python 2.7, not specifically 2.7.1). What
has been somewhat annoying is that there are no URLs which act as a
redirect to the latest release of a minor version. For instance, it
would be great if http://www.python.org/2.7 redirected to the Python
2.7.1 page. Linking to the 2.7.0 release page seems off since it is
out of date, but linking to 2.7.1 also seems silly as that will become
out of date as the newest release of Python 2.7 at some point as well.

Can we consider coming up with some URL scheme where people can link
to a version of Python that always redirects to the newest release?
Bonus points if we extend this to major versions, too. =) I am asking
here since the RMs will have to be okay with doing this as part of the
release plan.

Get the ball rolling, I say we make http://www.python.org/version/2.7
and http://www.python.org/version/2 redirect to the 2.7.1 release
page, etc. Personally I would rather have http://www.python.org/2.7
redirect to 2.7.1, but since that already redirects to 2.7.0 I doubt
people would be okay with the change.

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