[Numpy-discussion] Py3k and numpy

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Dec 4 13:03:01 CST 2008

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:57, Charles R Harris
<charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 9:39 AM, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 1:20 AM, Erik Tollerud <erik.tollerud@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> I noticed that the Python 3000 final was released today... is there
>>> any sense of how long it will take to get numpy working under 3k?  I
>>> would imagine it'll be a lot to adapt given the low-level change, but
>>> is the work already in progress?
>> I read that announcement too. My feeling is that we can only support one
>> branch at a time, i.e., the python 2.x or python 3.x series. So the easiest
>> path to 3.x looked to be waiting until python 2.6 was widely distributed,
>> making it the required version, doing the needed updates to numpy, and then
>> using the automatic conversion to python 3.x. I expect f2py, nose, and other
>> tools will also need fixups. Guido suggests an approach like this for those
>> needing to support both series and I really don't see an alternative unless
>> someone wants to fork numpy ;)
> Looks like python 2.6 just went into Fedora rawhide, so it should be in the
> May Fedora 11 release. I expect Ubuntu and other leading edge Linux distros
> to have it about the same time. This probably means numpy needs to be
> running on python 2.6 by early Spring.

It does. What problems are people seeing? Is it just the Windows build
that causes people to say "numpy doesn't work with Python 2.6"?

Robert Kern

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though it had an underlying truth."
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