waf 1.8 and minimum python versions

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at jelmer.uk
Sat Mar 7 12:35:08 MST 2015

On 07/03/15 20:28, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> On Sat, 2015-03-07 at 15:42 +0100, Thomas Nagy wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2015-02-02 at 21:11 +0100, Volker Lendecke wrote:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> Review&push appreciated!
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Volker
>>> Volker,
>>> With current master, I can't build on OpenBSD.  I get
>>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lsmbconf
>>> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
>>> Waf: Leaving directory `/home/abartlet/samba/bin'
>>> Build failed:  -> task failed (err #1):
>>>         {task: cc_link version_test_213.o -> versiontest}
>>> *** Error 1 in /home/abartlet/samba (Makefile:8 'all')
>>> Is that the error you got when you built with this fix, or is this
>>> something else?
>>> (My background here is that I've been asked to review the patch to
>>> migrate us to waf 1.8, and I certainly wouldn't want to be party to a
>>> regression in this area)
>> Regarding the waf 1.8 transition, the patches in question are attached
>> to this message; their goal is to have the wscript files unmodified
>> when performing changes on the wafsamba and waf files. Tracking
>> changes will be much easier without having to constantly merge the
>> wscript files. The other changes from the waf 1.5 repository are bug
>> fixes that convey no significant benefits for Samba; they can be
>> excluded for the time being.
>> I wrote a proof of concept for building samba with Python 3, but there
>> are a few questions regarding the wafsamba files. Since the waf 1.8
>> files are written in Python 2.7-3.x syntax, the waf library typically
>> unpacks and modifies itself in order to support Python 2.5 and 2.6.
>> Since the Samba build relies on python files in the wafsamba folder,
>> these files will need to be updated to the Python 3 exception handling
>> syntax. There is therefore a decision to make on the minimum Python
>> version supported:
>> A. Python 2.6 may become the minimum supported version for building Samba.
> Python 2.6 is our minimum, currently, as that is what EPEL has in RHEL5.
> I'm open to bumping it to 2.7, as RHEL5 becomes older, if we have a good
> reason.

Where do we set that policy exactly ? :-) The top-level wscript
directory checks for python 2.5.



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