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Re: the upcoming Great Python2 Purge™

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: Re: the upcoming Great Python2 Purge™
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 13:30:53 +0100
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Efraim Flashner <address@hidden> writes:

> We're now about a year out from the official EOL for python2 (Jan 1,
> 2020). So far we've been not adding python2 variants of packages that
> are new unless they're actually needed for something. Do we want to
> start removing python2 packages when updating other packages if they are
> leaf packages?

I think it's okay to start removing "leaf" Python 2 packages.  In most
cases they were probably never used anyway, or the dependents have
transitioned to their Python 3 counterparts.

We'll probably break some channels, but I'm sure our users won't have
any difficulties adding them back to their own channels if need be.


On a related note, we also have a number of [Python 3] packages that
have been failing to build for a long time.  Some of these are trivial,
i.e. what "guix import" produces.

It would be good to get rid of those as well, as the would-be user is
much better off starting from "guix import" instead of first getting
disappointed by the Guix package and then having to go through all the
trouble of submitting a patch.

Should we have some sort of policy or threshold for when to remove such
packages?  Maybe after 3-6 months?

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