int multiplication overflow and the future of python

Remco Gerlich scarblac at
Mon Dec 4 21:02:12 EST 2000

Ram Bhamidipaty <ramb at> wrote in comp.lang.python:
> On red hat 7.0 with python 1.6 I am running into overflow problems.
> From looking at the bug database at sourceforge I can see
> that other people have run into this, and it looks like
> there is a fix....but I have not been able to find it. Is there
> a patch that I should apply to upgrade my 1.6 source to the
> latest version?

You should probably upgrade to 2.0. What sort of overflow problems
are you running into, btw?

> This leads to a larger question: Which version is being maintained?
> Is active developement taking place for both 1.6 and 2.0? I've been
> using 1.6 because the features in 2.0 seem like they involve bigger
> changes to the code base and I thought I should wait until the
> initial bugs are worked out. But if all new work is only going
> into the 2.x versions then I should probably stop using 1.6...
> Any thoughts?

The only reason 1.6 ever came out was that CNRI, the old copyright holders,
wanted a version with a license they regarded as good. When it came out,
development had already progressed much further at BeOpen.

2.0 is the current Python version. There might be some bugs in it, but
I'd expect there to be a lot more in 1.6. Version 1.5.2 was really stable,
and 2.0 is good.

Remco Gerlich

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