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Deprecate python-nose


The Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-nose (Package-x-generic-16.pngpython3-nose) package will be deprecated without replacement in Fedora 32. Nose is dead upstream, but far to many packages still BuildRequire it, so we cannot remove it yet.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 32
  • Last updated: 2020-01-14
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

The Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-nose package regularly requires downstream only patches to support new Python versions.

Upstream is long dead and has a notice on the website that says:

> Nose has been in maintenance mode for the past several years and will likely cease without a new person/team to take over maintainership. New projects should consider using Nose2, py.test, or just plain unittest/unittest2.

We'd like to drop it from Fedora, but 27 packages require it on runtime and 323 on build time (only direct (Build)Requires were counted, on 2020-01-13). Before we attempt to make the number smaller, we need to stop new packages to (Build)Require Package-x-generic-16.pngpython3-nose, hence we want to have it deprecated.

Benefit to Fedora

No new packages will depend on a dead test runner. Eventually, bootstrapping new Python versions in Fedora won't be blocked on another downstream only patch for nose.


  • Proposal owners: Deprecate Package-x-generic-16.pngpython3-nose. Help package maintainers convert to other test runners when asked.
  • Other developers: Nothing required (not a System Wide Change). Optionally, drop the dependency on nose from existing packages.
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

The package will remain available. Only new packages cannot depend on it.

How To Test

$ repoquery --repo=rawhide --provides python3-nose

User Experience

No changes.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? N/A


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes