[dpdk-dev] Dropping python 2 support

Kevin Traynor ktraynor at redhat.com
Thu Feb 13 10:24:03 CET 2020

On 13/02/2020 08:25, Robin Jarry wrote:
> 2020-02-12, Bruce Richardson:
>> I'm in favour of dropping the support in general, however, do we still not
>> need to support some distro's e.g. Redhat/CentOS 7, which do not have
>> python3?
> Since the 7.7 release, python3 is now officially available in the
> official repos:
> https://access.redhat.com/solutions/2353081

Yes, that's right.


>> August 8 2019 at 5:40 PM
>> As of RHEL 7.7, python3 is included into base RHEL 7 channels without
>> the need for software collections. Note: this does not replace the
>> need for having python2 as the system default python for OS utilities
>> on RHEL 7.
> Moreover, I figure that Redhat/CentOS 7 will be using an LTS version,
> not the latest master snapshot.

That is true for the distribution versions, but there may be developers
doing some compiling themselves using latest.

I think it would be ok to start the process of removing python2 from
DPDK...but...there probably needs to be some deprecation notice and time
to allow people upgrade or raise any concerns.

At least, I see some test reports for LTS coming back as run on older
RHEL/CentOS 7 versions (probably master too), so some people will need
to schedule upgrades.

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