Redhat 7.1 and Python 2.1

Jason R. Mastaler jason-dated-993239378.209f87 at mastaler.com
Thu Jun 14 21:49:37 CEST 2001


Thomas Wouters <thomas at xs4all.net> writes:

> > > - Why doesn't Redhat ship with Python 2.1?  The 1.5.2 it ships with
> > > is a little dated isn't it?
> > Yes, totally.
> 
> > The reasons according to a couple RedHat developers are:
> 
> >   "Compatibility - the newer versions aren't compatible with 1.5, and
> >    they don't even store modules in the same location."
> 
> >   "Binary compatibility issues. We don't break binary compatibility in
> >    a minor release, and the binary format for python modules has
> >    changed."
> 
> I find it terribly amusing how those two 'problems' cancel each
> other out.  Binary compatibility shouldn't be an issue because
> modules are stored in different locations anyway! It's really not
> that hard to ship both python1.5 and python2.0 (and python2.1, and
> python2.1.1, and ... ;)

Apparently what they meant was that a module built for python on Red
Hat Linux 7.x needs to work on all 7.x releases.  Thus, the primary
python can't be upgraded during the cycle.

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