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Re: [alpine-devel] Normalizing Python packages in aports

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:04:08 +0100

On Wed, 6 Mar 2019 14:25:02 -0700
Drew DeVault <> wrote:

> I'd like to start working on normalizing the Python packages in aports.
> The quality of Python packages is pretty hit-or-miss: many packages have
> only Python 2 support, split packages are addressed inconsistently, and
> checks() are missing on most.
> I've put together a proposal on the wiki for Python packaging standards.
> If we like this proposal, the next step would be applying these
> standards to the existing packages in aports. I'll compile a list of
> affected packages and some simple scripts to help track progress/todo
> and we can get started in a separate branch.
> Here's my proposal for packaging standards:
> Another issue we'll have to face soon enough is Python 2 end-of-life. Do
> we want to address this at the same time? I think the best balance of
> conservatism and speedy removal of python 2 would be:
> - Stop adding new python 2 packages to aports
> - As we normalize existing packages, drop python 2 if it's easy, or make
> a note if not
> - Make case-by-case judgement calls on the more difficult packages,
> based on the upstream's progress/amicability towards a python 3 port.
> Upstreams which are unwilling to port to python 3 should probably just
> be dropped.
> If we bikeshed too hard on the Python 2 deprecation let's drop it and
> focus just on normalization for now - it'll be easier to deal with
> Python 2 from a sane baseline anyway.
> Thoughts?

I would like to hear what Fabian Affolter thinks of your proposal.
Fabian maintains alot of python packages and has done so for a while.


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