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Re: [opensuse-packaging] Re: A new home for python3 packages

On 04/14/2017 08:54 PM, Todd Rme wrote:
On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 8:21 PM, Simon Lees <sflees@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I don't see a reason why the singlespec approach can not be used just
the package is developed elsewhere also I can not answer that question.

If the maintainers of said devel project won't/can't support the singlespec
for the time being, I'd say it's a problem.

So, in that case, would python3- packages be acceptable in d:l:p?

My simple guess would be 'no' because d:l:p has (or should have) the simple
requirement to only accept new packages when they follow python singlespec.
there is no maintainer to support the single spec recipe, why should it be

This depends greatly on the package, say it is a graphical PDF viewer
for example, or any other GUI package if it is not designed to have any
modules to share with other applications there is simply no need to
convert it to single spec, in 5 years when the maintainer decides its
right they can just swap the 3's to 4's at there choosing and be done.
All the python-efl apps in X11:Enlightenment:Factory are like this and
will probably stay that way because there is no need.

Agreed, in fact the singlespec system doesn't even support this
use-case. Packages must by named "python-foo", and openSUSE policy
forbids packages like this from following that naming scheme.

Well the actual python-efl package is called python3-efl :-) but the
applications are all just there own names ie the PDF Viewer called Lekha
is in a package called lekha.

Where as libraries that only currently build and support python3 I guess
you can make a case that its ideal for them to swap to singlespec now in
case we start supporting another python3 impl and that way porting to
python4 would be slightly easier but I'm not sure that its a pressing
enough issue that we should drop package X from openSUSE:Factory because
its in d:l:p3 which will be removed at some point, and know one has put
in the effort to convert to single spec, it would be nice if it was
converted but for all intents and purposes it still will work fine atm.

As I said previously, I think the last step in the singlespec
conversion process would be for these to be moved to d:l:p and have
d:l:p3 deleted entirely. These last packages can then be eventually
converted at everyone's' convenience but it it wouldn't be a pressing
issue. Although of course it will become a pressing issue once we get
pypy3 working.

We probably instead should have a bigger focus on depreciating packages
in d:l:p that only build with python2 and don't look like they will be
migrated to 3.

Why? If the package works, why should we do extra work to remove it? I
can understand that we shouldn't do anything excessive to fix such
packages once they break, (as long as there aren't potential security
issue), but I also wouldn't actively remove them as long as they work
and won't cause confusion (particularly with packages that have
up-to-date forks).

This was more a statement about longer term planning then anything else,
with the fact that python2 will go away and for planning sake we should
be thinking about a d:l:p with no python2 and giving it far more weight
then thinking about a d:l:p that is still mostly python2 or singlespec.


Simon Lees (Simotek)

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