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bug#48213: offlineimap build fails

From: zimoun
Subject: bug#48213: offlineimap build fails
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 18:42:24 +0200
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On Sun, 30 May 2021 at 15:27, Mark H Weaver <mhw@netris.org> wrote:
> zimoun <zimon.toutoune@gmail.com> writes:

>> The package offlineimap will go sooner or later since Python 2 is EOL.
>> The migration from Py2 to Py3 is not clear [1] and the README [2] says:
>>   > As one of the maintainer of OfflineIMAP, I'd like to put my efforts into
>>   > [imapfw](http://github.com/OfflineIMAP/imapfw). **imapfw** is software in
>>   > development that I intend to replace OfflineIMAP with in the long term.
>>   >
>>   > That's why I'm not going to continue OfflineIMAP development. I'll 
>> continue
>>   > to maintain OfflineIMAP (fixing small bugs, reviewing patches and 
>> merging,
>>   > and rolling out new releases), but that's all.
> [...]
>> 1: <https://github.com/OfflineIMAP/offlineimap/issues/670>
>> 2: 
>> <https://raw.githubusercontent.com/OfflineIMAP/offlineimap/master/README.md>
> Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
> Incidentally, I used 'offlineimap' for several years, and one day it
> stopped working for me with an inscrutible error ("invalid literal for
> int() with base 10: ''") , and I was never able to get it working again.
> I eventually switched to 'mbsync' from the 'isync' package, and it has
> been working very well for my purposes.

Since ’isync’ seems the standard replacement of ’offlineimap’, I propose
to remove ’offlineimap’.  For example, add a news entry and deprecate
it, wait X months, and complete the remove.  WDYT?


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