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Hello guys,

~ As some of you may know, Python-2.6 was launched on Oct 1st, 2008 and have been sitting in the tree since Oct 5th. That is the official production version of the Python programming language. That means, python-2.5 is, according to the Python Project, officially old.

~ However, 2.6 version in the tree has been masked because some packages are affected by some minor changes in the language. We added a tracker bug [0] to keep maintainers informed of bugs/errors in their packages regarding the transition from 2.5 to 2.6. This tracker was opened on June 30th 2008 and still has opened bugs.

~ The Python team has lay off a plan to unmask Python-2.6 in a month. In order to do so, we ask for your collaboration on fixing the bugs still opened in that tracker so we can unmask it safely. The majority of the bugs listed in there are "relatively" easy to fix and if you don't have the time to do it, please, don't hesitate to ask for our help, we'll be glad to give you a hand closing some of them (we just need a "clear" from the team or dev to do so)

~ Although those opened bugs are blocking the tracker already, I'll provide you with a compiled list so you don't even have to open a browser or open a shell to run bugz ;).

~       KDE Team:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=239233 - [PATCH] kde-base/superkaramba-3.5.10 should support dev-lang/python:2.6 ~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=253582 - [PATCH] kde-base/dcoppython-3.5.10 fails with python-2.6

~        Java Team:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=239479 - [PATCH] dev-java/javatoolkit fails with python-2.6 ~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=246780 - dev-java/ant-core-1.7.1-r2 fails to build with dev-lang/python:2.6

~        CJK Team:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=255210 - app-i18n/skim-1.4.5-r2 build fails with Python 2.6

~         SCI Team:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=258219 - dev-python/numpy-1.2.1 - selftest bugs though required for python-2.6 compatibility

~        Caster:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=243802 - app-office/taskcoach calls object.__init__ with arguments, which fails in python-2.6

~         Lack:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=246786 - Version bump: dev-python/gdata-1.2.4

~          Proaudio:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=251003 - [PATCH] media-libs/aubio-0.3.2-r1 not compatible with dev-lang/python-2.6

~          Matsuu:
~ http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=258364 - sys-devel/distcc-3.1{,-r1} explictly compiles with python-2.5 even with python-2.6 selected

~         Thanks a lot for your help, we'll be waiting to hear from you.

~         Best regards,

[0] http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=230205 - [TRACKER] Python-2.6 incompatible packages

Jesus Rivero (Neurogeek)
Gentoo Python Team
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