[Python-Dev] 3.7.2rc1 and 3.6.8rc1 cutoffs ahead, last 3.6.x bugfix release!

Ned Deily nad at python.org
Mon Dec 10 02:16:46 EST 2018

On Dec 4, 2018, at 03:42, Ned Deily <nad at python.org> wrote:
> https://discuss.python.org/t/3-7-2rc1-and-3-6-8rc1-cutoffs-ahead-last-3-6-x-bugfix-release/510

An update: as of the planned Friday cutoff, we still had a few open issues.  Since 3.6.8 is the last planned bugfix for the 3.6 branch, I would like to make sure we leave it in as good a state as possible before it moves to security-fix-only mode.  Also, the Windows App Store support for 3.7.x that Steve D has been working on is in final review and it would be great to have that in the release candidate.  So I'm going to extend the cutoff for 3.7.2rc1 and 3.6.8rc1 until **Monday, 12-10, end of day (AOE**), in other words **about 30 hours from now**.   Thanks for all your efforts so far!

> We're reaching the end of the year and it's time for another pair of Python 3 maintenance releases, 3.7.2 and 3.6.8, before we ring out 2018.  Since there are still some open release blocker issues and I haven't been bugging you about them, I've moved the code cutoff for the release candidates to this coming Friday, 12-07, by the end of the day (AOE).  That gives us all another 4 days to review open issues and PRs.  Please give highest attention to any release blockers you have been shepherding or reviewing.  Thanks!
> A reminder: as previously announced, 3.6.8 is planned to be the last bugfix release of the 3.6 series.  Python 3.6.0 was released on 2016-12-23, so by the time 3.6.8 is released, 3.6.x will have been in bugfix mode almost exactly 2 years.  When a new feature release is made and enters "bugfix" mode, our policy has long been to continue to maintain the previous bugfix branch for at least one more release and then move that branch to "security fix only" mode.  3.7.0 (and 3.6.6) was released nearly six months ago and, with the release of 3.6.8, there will have been two additional 3.6.x bugfix releases since then.  So, barring any showstopper issues that might arise, the upcoming 3.6.8rc1 is your last chance to make bugfix changes for 3.6.x.  Following the successful release of 3.6.8, only security fixes will be accepted for the 3.6 branch and future 3.6.x releases will be source-only and scheduled as needed; no further binary installers will be produced for 3.6.  Refer to the Dev Guide 
> sections and release PEPs linked below for more information.
> https://devguide.python.org/devcycle/
> https://devguide.python.org/#branchstatus
> https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0494/
> https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0537/
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