[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: python packages

Marco Atzeri via Cygwin-announce cygwin-announce@cygwin.com
Mon Feb 1 09:57:06 GMT 2021


Several python packages have been updated

	python36-3.6.12-3
	python37-3.7.9-3
	python38-3.8.7-3

to solve the issue:
https://sourceware.org/pipermail/cygwin/2021-January/247610.html

the following package were added:

	python{36,37,38}-matplotlib-3.3.3-1


CYGWIN CHANGES

As python2 is no longer supported

https://devguide.python.org/devcycle/#end-of-life-branches

the package are updated to include postinstall script that
use "alternatives" to define for

   /usr/bin/python

   /usr/bin/python3
   /usr/bin/idle3
   /usr/bin/pydoc3

a default to the highest package available.

$ alternatives --display python
python - status is auto.
  link currently points to /usr/bin/python3.8
/usr/bin/python3.7 - priority 37
/usr/bin/python3.8 - priority 38
/usr/bin/python3.6 - priority 36
/usr/bin/python2.7 - priority 27
Current `best' version is /usr/bin/python3.8.

The following link are not provided anymore.
/usr/bin/idle
/usr/bin/pydoc

The python3 package will pull python38 package.

Rationale:
https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0394/
In other systems as Debian
/usr/bin/python is discouraged.

As on Cygwin we have still several third packages depending on
python2, the usage of alternatives should allow to manage
until all are updated to python3

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and integrate systems more effectively.
Python is powerful... and fast; plays well with others;
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Regards
Marco Atzeri


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