[arch-dev-public] Add active Python versions to the repos

Jelle van der Waa jelle at vdwaa.nl
Thu Nov 26 20:21:11 UTC 2020

On 21/11/2020 15:34, Filipe Laíns via arch-dev-public wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to propose adding all active Python versions to [community], not
> just the latest one. This would only entail adding the interpreter
> itself, no other packages.
> Having access to interpreters for older active versions is really
> helpful for Python developers. This allows them to easily run test
> suites against older versions. It is very common for developers to
> maintain software against a couple major releases. Tools like tox or
> nox are able to automate testing against multiple Python versions, just
> needing the interpreter.
> The current active Python releases are:
>    - 3.9
>    - 3.8
>    - 3.7
>    - 3.6
>    - 2.7
> The list can be found here[1].
> So, I propose introducing 2 new packages:
>    - python3.7
>    - python3.6
> And when we update the python package to 3.9:
>    - python3.8

I am not super in favor of providing an old version, as we strive to 
provide the latest and greatest. However some things come to mind:

* Does the Python foundation still maintain older Python versions and do 
they provide proper security updates?

* This seems to be purely for Development right? Users would use this 
Python version to bootstrap a virtualenv I guess?



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