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Re: [opensuse-factory] Friendly warning: Python 2 is going to be removed from Factory on 2020-01-02
  • From: Andrei Dziahel <develop7@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:37:49 +0300
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Okay, this is a bold statement about poor support. The Mercurial
community is undeniably and steadily working on python3; the wiki page
(frequently updated, I must add) says Python3 beta release is planned
on May 1st, with the hg 5.0. The pace is low indeed, but that's rather
on Python cannot be relied upon without extensive test suite. IOW, I
don't think this is matter of throwing more bills at the problem, it's
rather about the limits of what human can do.

Abandoning Mercurial is also not an option: since pijul is not
production-ready, Git user experience is still an abomination, this
leaves Mercurial (with hg-evolve and hg-git installed) the best
command-line Git(Hub) client in class too.

Anyway, there's still 8.5 months left, hopefully we'll be fine.

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 9:42 AM Matěj Cepl <mcepl@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Andrei Dziahel píše v Út 16. 04. 2019 v 00:48 +0300:
I see. Does it mean Mercurial package goes away as well?

Short answer is YES.

There is longer answer. I am really sorry about it. Mercurial is
one of the biggest disappointments for me in this whole saga.
Whatever I think about it (and I don't use it anywhere), it is
obvious that it is very important program and even more important
format. I am quite certain there are zillion of lines of code
stored in Mercurial repositories of both open source and
proprietary programs, there were parts of Python 3 development
which were specifically tailored for it (bytes formatting in
Python 3.3, I believe), and yet no company owning those lines of
code managed to put down enough cash to make that port happen.
Mozilla, Oracle, Facebook all have huge repositories with their
flagship products in Mercurial and yet AFAIK porting efforts are
now in state "testsuite almost passes" (I may be mistaken, I hope
I am mistaken, it was some time when I looked).

I still hope the port will be finished and at least some barely
functional Python3 version will be available, but we certainly
don't have resources (and frankly, interest) in doing so

For users it is I believe the final call: get out of Mercurial
NOW, so poorly supported program couldn't be foundation of your



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