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[Python-Dev] IMPORTANT - final 3.7.0 beta cutoff!

Just a reminder that 3.7.0b4 is almost upon us. Please get your
feature fixes, bug fixes, and documentation updates in before
2018-04-30 ~23:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12:00). That's about 16
hours from now.

IMPORTANT: We are now in the final phase of 3.7.0. Tomorrow's 3.7.0b4
is the final beta planned for 3.7.0. After tomorrow, the next planned
release is the 3.7.0 release candidate, on 2018-05-21, for final
testing. Our goal is to have no changes between the release candidate
and final; after rc1, changes applied to the 3.7 branch will be
released in 3.7.1. Between now and the rc1 cutoff, please
double-check that there are no critical problems outstanding and that
documentation for new features in 3.7 is complete (including NEWS and
What's New items), and that 3.7 is getting exposure and tested with
our various platorms and third-party distributions and applications.
Also, during the time leading up to the release candidate, we will be
completing the What's New in 3.7 document.

As noted before, the ABI for 3.7.0 was frozen as of 3.7.0b3. You
should now be treating the 3.7 branch as if it were already released
and in maintenance mode. That means you should only push the kinds of
changes that are appropriate for a maintenance release:
non-ABI-changing bug and feature fixes and documentation updates. If
you find a problem that requires an ABI-altering or other significant
user-facing change (for example, something likely to introduce an
incompatibility with existing users' code or require rebuilding of
user extension modules), please make sure to set the b.p.o issue to
"release blocker" priority and describe there why you feel the change
is necessary. If you are reviewing PRs for 3.7 (and please do!), be
on the lookout for and flag potential incompatibilities (we've all
made them).

Thanks again for all of your hard work towards making 3.7.0 yet
another great release - coming to a website near you on 06-15!


  Ned Deily
  nad at python.org -- []