[Python-Dev] On "PEP 546 — Backport ssl.MemoryBIO and ssl.SSLObject to Python 2.7"

Christian Heimes christian at python.org
Sat Jun 10 07:49:21 EDT 2017

On 2017-06-10 01:56, Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> The reason we're having this conversation at all is probably a matter of
> timing. If MemoryBIO was in Python 3 when PEP 466 was accepted, it
> surely would have come along for the ride to 2.7. I believe PEP 466 is
> generally considered to have produced positive results. PEP 546,
> carrying no breaking changes, is less risky than PEP 466.
> The reluctance to bend 2.7 rules is healthy. This PEP is part of the
> price we pay, though, for making a backwards-incompatible release. The
> security landscape has and will change over the 10+ python-dev-supported
> life span of 2.7. During that time, we have an obligation to keep Python
> 2 secure. Part of that is supporting modern security interfaces, which
> are features. This change is needed to make another stdlib feature,
> ensurepip (which is itself yet another 2.7.x backport) work well.
> Therefore, as 2.7 release manager, I'm accepting the PEP.

That's fantastic news. Thanks Benjamin!


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