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Re: Python 3 binaries

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Python 3 binaries
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:20:44 +0200
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Cyril Roelandt <address@hidden> skribis:

> On 08/31/2013 05:30 PM, Andreas Enge wrote:
>> Hello,
>> python 3 does not ship a python binary any more, just a binary called
>> python3. That could be useful, since it would allow to install python 2 and 3
>> side by side. However, all packages relying on a shebang substitution with
>> a python binary now fail.
>> I see two general possibilities to solve the problem:
>> - The simplest one, add a symlink python->python3 in the python 3 package.
>>    But then we lose the possibility of installing python 2 and 3 at the same
>>    time. Which maybe does not matter? It would only be a problem for a user
>>    wanting to install both in the user profile, while all other packages
>>    would internally have rewritten their calls to either of the two python
>>    versions
> I think lots of users would want that. On Debian, I really like having
> multiple versions of Python, since some of my scripts are not Python3
> compatible. It's also useful to run test suites against many versions
> of Python. I think users must be able to install both.

Yes, and that’s visibly what upstream wants.  So I would just leave
things as is, without the symlink.

Then again I know nothing about Python.  :-)


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