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From: "Michał Górny" <mgorny@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Status of Python 3.8
Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2022 06:09:47
1 Hi, everyone.
3 I think it's time to ask once again: how much do you need Python 3.8
4 target to remain available in Gentoo?
6 Right now we support four CPython targets: 3.8 through 3.11. 3.10 is
7 the current default, we're going to move 3.11 from ~arch to stable soon.
8 We've also added the first alpha release of Python 3.12 but it's not
9 going to make it into PYTHON_TARGETS until the feature freeze (planned
10 for May 2023).
12 Right now 3.8 and 3.9 are both in "security" supported state upstream,
13 i.e. they no longer receive bugfixes except for (some of) security
14 backports. Backporting more security fixes hasn't been much of
15 a problem, though it means we're slowly diverging from vanilla installs.
17 Python packages tend to continue providing support or at least working
18 with Python 3.8. I suspect that if a package is missing 3.8 target,
19 it's more often because it wasn't tested than because it doesn't work.
21 So, no major reason to remove Python 3.8, except that testing packages
22 on four interpreters obviously takes more time than on three, and this
23 is starting to become noticeable.
25 --
26 Best regards,
27 Michał Górny


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Re: [gentoo-dev] Status of Python 3.8 Anna V <cyber+gentoo@×××××.in>