[PATCH] doc: Various fixes to makedocbook for python3.8

Marco Atzeri marco.atzeri@gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 10:31:55 GMT 2020

On 24.08.2020 12:02, Corinna Vinschen via Newlib wrote:
> On Aug 23 16:49, Brian Inglis wrote:
>> On 2020-08-23 13:41, Jon Turney wrote:
>>> On 23/08/2020 16:23, Ken Brown wrote:
>>>> On 8/22/2020 2:45 PM, Jon Turney wrote:
>>>>> ---
>>>>>    newlib/doc/makedocbook.py | 8 +++++---
>>>>>    1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>>>> diff --git a/newlib/doc/makedocbook.py b/newlib/doc/makedocbook.py
>>>>> index 92d0f279d..3fab26f1a 100755
>>>>> --- a/newlib/doc/makedocbook.py
>>>>> +++ b/newlib/doc/makedocbook.py
>>> [...]
>>>> Would it make sense to also change the shebang line so that makedocbook.py
>>>> uses python3?  Currently the build of Cygwin on Fedora uses python3, but the
>>>> build of Cygwin on Cygwin uses python2.  This is of no great importance, but a
>>>> recent IRC discussion shows that it can be confusing.
>>> Yeah, I guess that would make some sense, given that python2 is now EOL.
>>> Otoh, making it gratuitously not work with python2 seems a bit harsh.
>>> On the gripping hand, reading PEP 0394, I see it doesn't actually require that
>>> 'python' exist at all, so I guess changing the shebang as you suggest is the
>>> right thing to do.
>> Is it not perhaps time to switch python from EOL python2 to python3, as there
>> are only 183 python2, 125 python27 to 199 python3, 129 python37 packages.
> This discussion actually belongs on cygwin-apps, not on newlib ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
> Thanks,
> Corinna

follow up from newlib

python2 will be dead end of 2020.

most of python2 and python3 packages are obsolete placeholders,
currently python3 points to python3.6 or python3.8, but I am seriously
considering to use alternatives to cover also python37 as already
done for sphinx and to prepare for the next python3.9.

python38 has already 85 packages and I am working on another dozen,
if you need some specific package, let me know.

Following the

Distributors may choose to set the behavior of the python command as 

       -  python2,
       -  python3,
       -  not provide python command,
       -  allow python to be configurable by an end user
          or a system administrator.


  we are currently setting python as python2=python2.7

Question before I update the three python3.x

- should I leave python as it is, or change to one of the
   other settings ?

Any preference ? For the last option I will use alternatives


More information about the Cygwin-apps mailing list