[arch-general] Python 3 Rationale?

maxc maxc at me.com
Wed Oct 20 11:45:05 EDT 2010

There is an excellent post by Guido here, Hilton: http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-3000/2008-February/011910.html

Guido seems to favor using /usr/bin/python3.0 or /usr/bin/python3 and /usr/bin/python as symlinks to the respective versions of Python.

'Perhaps we should only install "python3.0" and not "python".'

We're not here to discussion semantics ofc. :) There is a much broader concern which I hope we can address through friendly discourse.

On Oct 20, 2010, at 11:26 AM, Hilton Medeiros <medeiros.hilton at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:58:42 -0400
> Max Countryman <maxc at me.com> wrote:
> > That is fine unless the Python development team has decide that
> > python3 will not become python.
> >
> > Python 2.7.x will be maintained for quite some time. (In excess of
> > four more years.) Even after it is dropped in the future there's no
> > indication that the python3 binary is intended to become the python
> > binary.
> >
> > The link I posted earlier to the thread on the Python mailing list
> > seems to indicate the opposite.
> A 'python' binary doesn't and won't ever exist, it is only a
> symlink, Max.

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