I’m on record as wanting pip to drop Python 2 support sooner rather than later, so please take this comment with that in mind.
As pip vendors
pkg_resources (which is part of
setuptools), we have to pick a version to vendor (I suppose we could in theory vendor two versions, and pick one at runtime, or something like that, but that’s a lot messier). Am I correct in that assumption, or is there some clever way of keeping up to date while still supporting Python 2 that I’m missing?
If we do have to (in effect) pin
pkg_resources, what will be the impact on interoperability standards development? Do such standards typically affect
pkg_resources? I’m not so worried about build processes, as we install an independent copy of
setuptools in the build environment.
My feeling is that pip will need to pin
pkg_resources, but this won’t be as significant a problem as it would be if we relied on the broader
setuptools package. I do think that we should have a discussion, and projects should be careful about unilaterally dropping support for Python 2, so thanks for raising this, @pganssle.
I think the key thing we need to consider here is moving the ecosystem forward. If all that mattered was support and bug fixes, I think that telling Python 2 users to just use the last version of the packaging tools with Python 2 support would be fine. But the real question is how do we drive adoption of new standards like
pyproject.toml and later versions of
manylinux if Python 2 projects are required to pin their packaging tools. I don’t think it’s impossible (for example, pure Python projects can just build universal wheels using Python 3 - they might need to change their workflow, but I’m OK with that) but if we could offer transition advice then that would likely smooth the process.
This is definitely something we should discuss at the packaging summit, IMO.