[Python-Dev] PEP 477: selected ensurepip backports for Python 2.7

Benjamin Peterson benjamin at python.org
Mon Sep 1 01:20:38 CEST 2014

On Sun, Aug 31, 2014, at 16:17, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:00:14 +1000
> Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > That part of the proposal proved to be controversial, so we dropped it from
> > the original PEP in order to focus on meeting the Python 3.4 specific
> > release deadlines. This also had the benefit of working out the kinks in
> > the bootstrapping processing as part of the Python 3.4 release cycle.
> > 
> > However, we still think we should start providing pip by default to Python
> > 2.7 users as well, at least as part of the Windows and Mac OS X installers.
> I don't agree with this. pip is simply not part of the 2.7 feature set.
> If you add pip to a bugfix version, then you have bugfix versions which
> are more featureful than others, which makes things more complicated to
> explain.

2.7.x has been and will be alive for so long that will already have to
explain that sort thing; i.e. PEP 466 and why different bugfix releases
support different versions of dependency libraries.

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