Should non-security 2.7 bugs be fixed?

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jul 19 02:27:23 CEST 2015


On 19/07/2015 00:36, Terry Reedy wrote:
> I asked the following as an off-topic aside in a reply on another
> thread. I got one response which presented a point I had not considered.
>   I would like more viewpoints from 2.7 users.
>
> Background: each x.y.0 release normally gets up to 2 years of bugfixes,
> until x.(y+1).0 is released.  For 2.7, released summer 2010, the bugfix
> period was initially extended to 5 years, ending about now.  At the
> spring pycon last year, the period was extended to 10 years, with an
> emphasis on security and build fixed.  My general question is what other
> fixes should be made?  Some specific forms of this question are the
> following.
>
> If the vast majority of Python programmers are focused on 2.7, why are
> volunteers to help fix 2.7 bugs so scarce?
>
> Does they all consider it perfect (or sufficient) as is?
>
> Should the core developers who do not personally use 2.7 stop
> backporting, because no one cares if they do?
>

Programmers don't much like doing maintainance work when they're paid to 
do it, so why would they volunteer to do it? Then even if you do the 
work to fix *ANY* bug there is no guarantee that it gets committed. The 
last "Summary of Python tracker Issues" over on python-dev giving 4947 
open issues of which 2260 have patches speaks for itself.

-- 
My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence



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