On Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:21:45 AM EDT Matthias Klose wrote:
> The removal of packages still depending on Python2 looks good [1], however
> we have a bunch of packages that still require Python2, and where
> maintainers explicitly asked to keep those in the distro [2].  Among those
> are pypy and pypy3 which need Python2 for bootstrapping.  I'm going to keep
> the Python2 packages for bullseye, and having those just as build
> dependencies shouldn't really effect any end-user.  A different thing might
> be the Python2 usage at runtime, however I'm not very passionate to remove
> all of those packages.
> What still should be done for bullseye is the removal of the unversioned
> python. I'm removing the packages python-minimal, python, python-dev,
> python-dbg, python-doc, and stop shipping the /usr/bin/python symlink, so
> that packages are required to either use python2 or python3 explicitly. 
> Planning that change for late August / early September.  That should give
> plenty of time to address any unversioned python usage before the release
> freeze.

Are you going to keep python-setuptools?  If you do, it seems likely we'll be 
able to keep pip and virtualenv so they support running python2 in a 
virtualenv in bullseye, which seems the best way to do it for those that need 

Scott K

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