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[Python-Dev] Time for 3.4.9 and 3.5.6



On 07/08/2018 10:05 AM, Ivan Pozdeev via Python-Dev wrote:
>
> I'll use this opportunity to remind you that 3.4 build is broken -- it 
> can't be built from start to installer with the instructions given 
> because of outside factors (CPython has migrated from Hg to Git). 
> https://bugs.python.org/issue31623 about this was ignored (see 
> https://bugs.python.org/issue31623#msg303708 for supplemental fixes).
>
> If this isn't something considered needing a fix, the claim that 3.4 
> is supported in any shape and form is but a pretense -- if something 
> can't be built, it can't be used.
>

By "3.4 build is broken", you mean that building the installer is broken 
on Windows.? Sadly the maintainer of that installer is no longer part of 
the Python community, and as a Linux-only dev I have no way of testing 
any proposed change.

More importantly, 3.4 is in security-fixes-only mode, which means that 
changes that aren't security fixes won't be accepted.? Fixing this would 
not be a security fix.? So even if the patch was clean and well-reviewed 
and worked perfectly I'm simply not going to merge it into 3.4.? The 3.4 
tree is only going to be in security-fixes mode for another eight months 
anyway, after which I will retire as 3.4 release manager, and 3.4 will 
no longer be supported by the Python core development community at all.

As pointed out in that bpo issue: if the problem is entirely due to 
switching from "git" to "hg", then you should have very little 
difficulty working around that.? You can use a git-to-hg bridge, or 
create a local-only hg repo from the 3.4 tree.? That should permit you 
to build your own installers.? I'm a little sad that the 3.4 Windows 
installers no longer build directly out-of-tree without such a 
workaround, but sometimes that's just what happens with a Python release 
three major releases out of date languishing in security-fixes-only mode.


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