[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#876439: Continue providing Python 2 libraries
balasankarc at autistici.org
Wed Oct 4 06:41:00 UTC 2017
Latest upload of fonttools broke many reverse build-dependencies. Please
don't drop Python 2 support without a prior warning or proper migration
According to fonttools upstream README, fonttools will work with
Python 2.7, 3.4 or later. With 3.5.1-2 of fonttools package in Debian,
libraries are no longer provided for Python 2, hence breaking many of
its reverse dependencies (All fonts-smc-* packages, which I maintain,
are FTBFS as of now). Because the other main font related package,
fontforge, doesn't provide Python 3 libraries yet, it is impossible to
port those reverse dependencies to Python 3 yet.
I know we are aiming for Python-3-only in Buster as Python 2 is EOL in
2020, but until majority of the packages port to Python 3, it would be
better to provide both Python 2 and 3 bindings. As far as fonttools is
concerned, it will work with Python 2 and hence it won't be an issue.
I strongly recommend to consider providing packages for Python 2 also,
at least for Buster.
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