Bug#653802: removal of python2.6 (and removal of zope2.12 for wheezy)

Philipp Kern pkern at debian.org
Mon Apr 16 06:31:18 UTC 2012

On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 08:26:33PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> On 15.04.2012 12:46, Mehdi Dogguy wrote:
> >On 04/14/2012 07:39 PM, Matthias Klose wrote:
> >>I would like to remove python2.6 for the wheezy release
> >Since python2.6 was the default python interpreter in Squeeze, shouldn't
> >we keep it in Wheezy and remove it from Wheezy+1? (as we did with python2.5)
> in the past, this wasn't a criteria. Regarding the number of
> sumported python versions, ftp-master didn't want to have more than
> two.  Now, squeeze did release with 2.5 and 2.6. 3.1 was just the
> core interpreter and a handful of packages.  With wheezy we do have
> 2.7 and a more complete 3.2, so I don't think having 2.6 has
> additional value.
> If your argument is to defend the status quo, fine. But I didn't see
> a new argument why to keep it.

Is there anything incompatible when going from 2.6 to 2.7?  Because it does
mean that you need to change all scripts in lockstep with the distro upgrade,
because 2.7 is not in squeeze and 2.6 is not in wheezy, unless(!) python2.6
from squeeze is still installable in wheezy (i.e. no conflicts etc.).  The
reason to have two versions of 2.x was to avoid this lockstep, especially as
scripts tend to specify their Python versions in the shebang.

If an upgrade does not force python2.6 (and the corresponding python2.6
modules) to be uninstalled, I think it's fair to drop it from wheezy.  But
somehow I'm sceptical, that this is true.

Kind regards
Philipp Kern
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