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[Python-Dev] 3.7.2rc1 and 3.6.8rc1 cutoffs ahead, last 3.6.x bugfix release!


https://discuss.python.org/t/3-7-2rc1-and-3-6-8rc1-cutoffs-ahead-last-3-6-x-bugfix-release/510/3?u=nad


OK, thanks to a lot of hard work by many of you, I think we are ready to
start the manufacturing of **3.7.2rc1** and **3.6.8rc1**.

For the **3.7 branch**, as usual feel free to continue to merge the
usual changes appropriate for a `bugfix` branch; unless otherwise marked
and agreed on as a **release blocker** for 3.7.2 final, any new 3.7
merges will be released in 3.7.3.

For the **3.6 branch**, as announced 3.6.8 is planned to be **the last
bugfix release** for the 3.6 series; future 3.6.x releases will be as
needed and contain **only security fixes** and source only. Of course,
if any release blocker regressions show up after 3.6.8rc1, we will
consider merging fixes for them. This means that, **as of now, the 3.6
branch is no longer open to normal bugfixes**, only security fixes and
release blocker regressions fixes and only with the approval of the
release manager. Therefore, as we have done with previous branches
moving to security-fix mode, merges to the 3.6 branch on the `cpython`
GitHub repo are now restricted to the release managers. If you feel a
change to 3.6 is needed either because it is a **release blocker
regression** in 3.6.8 or because it is a **security issue**, please
ensure there is a bpo issue describing the problem, mark it as **release
blocker** priority, and submit the necessary PR. At some point, on or
after the 3.6.8 release, we will be going through the open 3.6 PRs, open
PRs with the `needs backport to 3.6` label, and bpo issues marked for
3.6 and updating or closing them as needed. **Please do not mark new PRs
with the** `needs backport to 3.6` **label** unless you feel the
proposed change meets one of the criteria above.

Thanks for your help!

--
  Ned Deily
  nad at python.org -- []