Considering dropping Python 2 support (was Re: Python.h quirk)

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Mon Sep 23 16:14:22 UTC 2019

Gary E. Miller via devel <devel at>:
> Yo Mark!
> On Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:33:37 -0700
> Mark Atwood via devel <devel at> wrote:
> > Given that the Python community is driving hard on deprecating
> > Python2 on 2020-01-01, I'm inclined to drop Python2 support on that
> > date.
> > 
> >
> Python 2 has been deprecated since before 2015.  2020 is the current
> end of End Of Life (EOL) date.  We should not get involved in any fight
> between an upstream and its users.  At least until forced to.
> A lot of foot dragging distros, like RHEL, just updated to Python 3 this
> year.  RHEL users, being RHEL users, will likely take at least a few
> years to update to RHEL 8.  We should not abandon them.
> The cost to ntpsec to supporting Python 2 in addition to Python is very
> minor.  Without a good reason to kill off Python 2 we should keep it.
> NTPsec should support Python 2 for as long as more than a few distros are
> still supporting Python 2.  That whole "backpatch" thing that RHEL, and
> others, keep touting.
> NTPsec should not be like systemd forcing hard choices on users.

I missed Mark's question. I concur with Gary's answer.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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