On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 at 15:06, Miro Hrončok <mhroncok@redhat.com> wrote:
On 18. 11. 18 1:21, Orion Poplawski wrote:
> On 11/15/18 10:08 AM, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
>> I missed this in the last meeting from items that needed to be voted on.
>> The changes would be to make epel macros to have
>> %python3_pkgversion 36
>> %python3_other_pkgversion 34
>> This should allow for the build system to rebuild python3 items as
>> default. Then we will need a tracking ticket and bump/rebuild the
>> packages
> Be aware that this will cause many current python34-* packages to disappear the
> next time they are rebuilt for EPEL7.

This was the plan from the beginning and as long as we inform all the interested
parties (read: maintainers of such packages, users), we shall be good.

EPEL "officials" need to decide whether to do it now, or align the change with
the next RHEL 7.x release. As a Python Maintainer in Fedora and RHEL, I can say
that we would very much like to see this happen and preferably sooner than later
. We would like to add Python 3.6 to RHEL 7, but at this point we cannot make
any promises. If we add it, it will most likely own /usr/bin/python3 and
%__python3 will in all likelihood point to 3.6. We want to avoid as much
breakage in EPEL as possible.

I would like to work with you this week if you are  in Brno. I am wanting to see  if we can do this first in a copr to show what will happen and then put in a flag day for it before that possible problem occurs.


  * We change macros.python3 [1] to 3.6.
  * We change macros.python3_other [2] to 3.4.
  * We rename the package to python-rpm-epel-macros (or whatever is the name
convention) and the subpackages to python-srpm-epel-macros etc. In case
python-rpm-macros comes to RHEL proper. Once (if) it does, we remove
macros.python3 from the EPEL package.
   * We put this to all the announcement channels EPEL has.

Caveat: If a packager needs to rebuild their package without changing the Python
version, they need to invert the macros. This information needs to be part of
the announcement.

[1] https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/python-rpm-macros/blob/epel7/f/macros.python3

Miro Hrončok
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