[Python-Dev] Promoting Python 3 [was: PyPy 1.7 - widening the sweet spot]

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Tue Nov 22 17:41:46 CET 2011

Barry Warsaw writes:

 > Hopefully, we're going to be making a dent in that in the next version of
 > Ubuntu.

This is still a big mess in Gentoo and MacPorts, though.  MacPorts
hasn't done anything about ceating a transition infrastructure AFAICT.
Gentoo has its "eselect python set VERSION" stuff, but it's very
dangerous to set to a Python 3 version, as many things go permanently
wonky once you do.  (So far I've been able to work around problems
this creates, but it's not much fun.)  I have no experience with this
in Debian, Red Hat (and derivatives) or *BSD, but I have to suspect
they're no better.  (Well, maybe Red Hat has learned from its 1.5.2
experience! :-)

I don't have any connections to the distros, so can't really offer to
help directly.  I think it might be a good idea for users to lobby
(politely!)  their distros to work on the transition.

 > I owe a blog post about this, but please do contact me if you want
 > to get involved.

Yes, please, to the blog post!

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