[arch-dev-public] Dropping Berkeley db extension in python2

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Fri Jun 17 04:37:31 EDT 2011

On 17/06/11 03:04, Stéphane Gaudreault wrote:
> The bsddb module in python2 has been deprecated since python 2.6 and it
> support only Berkeley db version from 4.0 thru 4.7 [1]. A simple patch allowed
> our python package to offer a minimal support for existing application using db
> 5.0 and 5.1. This patch as been rejected upstream as db extension is now
> maintained as a third party package [2][3]. Other majors distributions are not
> offering this module in their python2 packages.
> In db 5.2 there are lots of (small) changes in the C API [4] (mostly in the
> replication manager API) . The patching work required to integrate this
> version in our package is no longer trivial and there is no upstream support.
> Hence, I propose to drop this extension from our python2 pkg. We have a
> python-bsddb in [community] in which we could add python2 support (as a split
> pkg) to offer a much more complete db support for our python2 users [5].
> Support for db 5.2 in python-bsddb was added yesterday in the mercurial
> repository of python-bsddb.
> Berkeley DB is not included in the python3 stdlib, so python 3 is not affected
> by this change.
> Any objections to do this ?
> Regards,
> Stéphane
> [1] http://docs.python.org/library/bsddb.html
> [2] http://bugs.python.org/issue11817
> [3] http://www.jcea.es/programacion/pybsddb.htm
> [4]http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E17076_02/html/installation/upgrade_52_toc.html
> [5] http://www.archlinux.org/packages/community/i686/python-bsddb/

I agree with this change.


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