On 12/5/2019 09:24, Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 8:59 AM Jason A. Donenfeld <zx...@gentoo.org> wrote:
>> It's quite another to mask random packages that have USE flags to
>> optionally support whatever python 2.7 library. If you're going to
>> last rites these, talk with the maintainer first, and only then, send
>> emails one at a time. Doing that en masse isn't appropriate.
> ++ - I have no idea if that happened.  For anything USE-controlled it
> would make more sense to file a bug or mask the package-flag combo
> itself.
>> On another topic, I'd prefer for python 2.7 not to be removed from
>> gentoo. Tons of code still uses it.
> I'm sure a million people would share that preference.  I'm not sure
> what the upstream/security status is of 2.7.  Obviously to keep it
> around it would need to be reasonably secure, and somebody within
> Gentoo would have to want to maintain it.  That's basically the
> criteria for keeping anything like this around.  If somebody stepped
> up and said "I'm maintaining 2.7 and here is why it will remain
> secure..." I doubt they'd get a lot of resistance.

I'm late to the party as usual.  Seems upstream plans a final 2.7.18
security update in April of 2020, then they will consider the 2.7 branch
EOL.  They say most of these updates were done in 2019, and so are still
technically sticking to their mantra of no more updates after 01/01/2020.

PEP 373 covers this:

Planned future release dates:

    2.7.18 code freeze January, 2020
    2.7.18 release candidate early April, 2020
    2.7.18 mid-April, 2020

IMHO, I think we should retain 2.7.x compatibility for 1 year AFTER the
release of 2.7.18.  This provides some time for people to transition systems
off of 2.7-dependent packages.

It might be worthwhile to treat the removal of Python-2.7 from the tree in
the same manner as an EAPI deprecation and removal, given how ingrained it
is due to its longevity.  That will minimize the whiplash-effect of emerge
complaining about slot conflicts and dependency conflicts.  Like I just ran
into w/ setuptools-'s release.

Joshua Kinard
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