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Re: [PATCH] conform/conformtest.pl: Escape literal braces in regular expressions
On Wed, 18 Jul 2018, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Joseph Myers:
> > I support the idea of moving the various functionality using perl to
> > python (this is not volunteering to rewrite it all, though if we had
> > consensus for such a change I might well end up doing it for the math/ and
> > conform/ pieces).
> Can we assume that Python 3 is available?
My assumption is that if we require Python for the build, it would allow
at least any non-EOL version, so 2.7 or 3.4 or later (but as of
2020-01-01, everything before 3.5 will be EOL). The existing configure
test makes no version checks (and makefile code can't readily express a
condition for a particular test etc. on any more restricted choice of
version), and install.texi says "Python 2.7.6/3.4.3 or later" for the
says "Require python-2.7, but be compatible with python-3.2+".
Scripts not used directly from normal build / test, only for other
purposes in development, of course already often require Python 3 (all of
the unicode-gen code, build-many-glibcs.py and list-fixed-bugs.py do so,
and quite likely other such code). It's only code that might end up used
by "make" and "make check" for which greater portability may be a concern.
Joseph S. Myers