Is it worth back porting PEP 3147 to Python < 3.2?

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Thu Apr 22 18:47:00 BST 2010

"Barry Warsaw" <barry at> wrote:

>On Apr 20, 2010, at 04:57 PM, Scott Kitterman wrote:
>>I think it is difficult to know for sure what the future will hold.  If the
>>backport is not technically complex, I think a backport with the default to
>>off would be a nice tool in the box is things go differently than we plan.
>>Other than the effort involved, I don't see a downside, but I have no idea
>>how hard this would be to do.
>It may not be worth porting the entire patch, but I think the core interesting
>bits won't be too difficult.  The one tricky extra thing to implement is
>switching it on only when -Xenablecachedir is given.  In Python 3.2, it's
>always enabled.
>We'll see how things go.  If Ubuntu 10.10 is going to include multiple
>versions of Python 2.x, then I think it makes sense.  With one 2.x and one 3.x
>it's not quiet as clear.
Based on my experience with the Python 2.5 and 2.6 transitions,  I'd really prefer to have Ubuntu follow Debian rather than lead.

Scott K

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