Python 3 Support: A Plan of Action

Richard Wilbur richard.wilbur at
Sun Sep 6 05:44:52 UTC 2015

On Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 1:41 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at> wrote:
> You're talking about PEP 461 <>.

Indeed, you are correct.

> Unfortunately, the PEP doesn't seem to contain any reference to the
> implementation, but it's probably possible to monkey-patch the bytes
> type, or perhaps derive a bzrbytes(bytes) type[....]

Sounds like a workaround shouldn't be too difficult.

> If there's difficulty in doing the work, Ethan Furman (the PEP author)
> is still active on the Python lists, and would probably be willing to
> provide advice.  ISTR it was actually quite straightforward.

Thank you for the referral.  Sounds like Ethan would be the person to
talk to when we get to the point where we find ourselves trying to
accommodate a version of Python which doesn't implement PEP461.  (If
we're especially fortunate, we never find ourselves in that situation

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