[Python-Dev] Python 2.7 EOL date

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Aug 24 04:19:19 EDT 2018

On 8/23/2018 8:14 PM, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> On Aug 23, 2018, at 15:23, Eric V. Smith <eric at trueblade.com> wrote:
>> On 8/23/2018 4:30 PM, Victor Stinner wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> The reference is the PEP 373 "Python 2.7 Release Schedule". See the
>>> "Update" section:
>>> https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0373/#update
>> We could probably make it more clear in this section and/or in https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0373/#id4 that there will be no 2.7 releases of any kind after 2020-01-01: no bugfix, no security, and no source releases after that date.
>> I'll whip something up if there's general agreement.
> +1 from me, but IIRC, Benjamin has said that the final 2.7 release may not happen *exactly* on January 1st (due to holidays and such), but that we should still consider that the “hammer date” when all support stops.  We should get some confirmation from Benjamin (the 2.7 release manager) on the (tentative) exact final release date, and then codify that in the PEP.  I’d be very happy if that, or say December 31 2019 were the actual last release date.

Current: "Being the last of the 2.x series, 2.7 will have an extended 
period of maintenance. Specifically, 2.7 will receive bugfix support 
until January 1, 2020. All 2.7 development work will cease in 2020."

Proposed, based on what Benjamin said last discussion: "Being the last 
of the 2.x series, 2.7 will have an extended period of bugfix and 
security maintenance until January 1, 2020. The final 2.7 release will 
be on or soon after that date."

Anything more specific is up to Benjamin.

Terry Jan Reedy

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