j...@keeping.me.uk wrote on Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:23 +0000:
> I started having a look to see how much work would be needed to make Git
> work with Python 3 and the answer is mostly not much.  The exception is
> git-p4.py which is hit hard by the distinction between byte strings and
> unicode strings, particularly because the Python output mode of p4
> targets Python 2.
> 
> I don't know if it's worthwhile to actually apply these but here they
> are in case anyone's interested.
> 
> Having said that, the changes are minimal and involve either wrapping
> parentheses around arguments to print or being a bit more explicit about
> how we expect byte strings to be decoded to unicode.
> 
> With these patches all tests pass with python3 except t98* (git-p4), but
> there are a couple of topics in-flight which will affect that
> (fc/remote-testgit-feature-done and er/replace-cvsimport).
> 
> John Keeping (8):
>   git_remote_helpers: Allow building with Python 3
>   git_remote_helpers: fix input when running under Python 3
>   git_remote_helpers: Force rebuild if python version changes
>   git_remote_helpers: Use 2to3 if building with Python 3
>   svn-fe: allow svnrdump_sim.py to run with Python 3
>   git-remote-testpy: hash bytes explicitly
>   git-remote-testpy: don't do unbuffered text I/O
>   git-remote-testpy: call print as a function
> 
>  contrib/svn-fe/svnrdump_sim.py     |  4 ++--
>  git-remote-testpy.py               | 40 
> +++++++++++++++++++-------------------
>  git_remote_helpers/.gitignore      |  1 +
>  git_remote_helpers/Makefile        | 10 ++++++++--
>  git_remote_helpers/git/importer.py |  2 +-
>  git_remote_helpers/setup.py        | 10 ++++++++++
>  6 files changed, 42 insertions(+), 25 deletions(-)

These look good, in that there are relatively few changed needed.

Sebastian Morr tried a similar patch a year ago, in

    http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/187545

He made changes beyond yours, in particular "print >>" lines,
that you seem to handle with 2to3 during the build.  I'm not sure
which approach is better in the long run.  He worked on the
other .py in contrib/ too.

Can you give me some hints about the byte/unicode string issues
in git-p4.py?  There's really only one place that does:

    p4 = subprocess.Popen("p4 -G ...")
    marshal.load(p4.stdout)

If that's the only issue, this might not be too paniful.

I hesitated to take Sebastian's changes due to the huge number of
print() lines, but maybe a 2to3 approach would make that aspect
of python3 support not too onerous.

                -- Pete
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