Python 1.5.x vs Python 2.x.x

Fernando Pérez fperez528 at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 19 00:26:57 CET 2001


Suchandra Thapa wrote:

> Fernando Pérez <fperez528 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>This is clumsy, and is why yesterday I wrote a detailed post on the issue
>>hoping to hear from the redhats for a reasonable  explanation. As far as I
>>can tell, their python distribution is simply broken. The problems can be
>>worked around, but it's an annoyance.
> 
>     I think it's primarily to maintain compatibility.  Although redhat
> may be able to change all the references to python1.5 in their scripts, it
> still leaves the possibility that scripts that worked under redhat 7.0 will
> break due to the compatibility issues between python 1.5 and 2.x.

All the scripts for which this is an issue are distributed by them, as part 
of their own system setup. So they can point every script which explicitly 
needs 1.5 to use it.

They cause their users a fair amount of annoyance and I have yet to see a 
solid technical reason to justify it. My post from yesterday included ways 
out of this with (as far as I could tell) reasonable solutions for them. 
Yesterday someone from redhat was around on this thread (or the /usr/bin/env 
thread), I'm curious to hear from them. There may be a solid technical reason 
for them doing things this way, but so far I'm unconvinced.

cheers,

f



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