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Python 2.7


Update the system Python 2 stack in Fedora from 2.6 to 2.7


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Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 14
  • Last updated: 2010-09-27
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

oget wrote a script to report on remaining problems.

The results can be seen here

Tracker bug for packages that fail to rebuild:

Fixes for broken packages should be built into both rawhide, and into dist-f14.

Information on the new "dist-git" system can be seen here.

Once it's been successfully rebuilt for F14, an update needs to be filed to get the rebuild into F14.

To make it easier to track things, dmalcolm has been filing bugs using this template against the broken packages. Please set the component and add the name of the component to the front of the subject of the bug. Once an update has been created, the bug should be flipped over to the MODIFIED status, to make it easy to see what works remain.

Tracker bug for issue arising in built packages: (e.g. Python 2.7 incompatibilities)

Packages with build errors

Common bugs

FIXED: gobject-introspection

gobject-introspection's /usr/bin/g-ir-scanner was incompatible with python 2.7, this led to anything building a .gir file failing.

This was blocking:


Various swig users fail to find the python libraries during "configure":

checking for Python library path... find: `/usr/lib/python/config/': No such file or directory
find: `/usr/lib/python/': No such file or directory
checking python extra libraries... 

Relevant part of "configure" seems to be

        python_path=`echo $PYTHON | sed "s,/bin.*$,,"`
        for i in "$python_path/lib/python$PYTHON_VERSION/config/" "$python_path/lib/python$PYTHON_VERSION/" "$python_path/lib/python/config/" "$python_path/\
lib/python/" "$python_path/" ; do

This sets $python_path to "/usr", and then looks for config within /usr/lib, which fails on 64-bit: the relevant files are in /usr/lib64 (why did this work before? is this a python change?)

Before this we see errors like this:

checking for SWIG version... 2.0.0
configure: WARNING: SWIG version >= 1.3.17 is required.  You have 2.0.0.  You should look at

The test in the configure seems to look for an exact match on major and minor, and >= on the patch level, and thus "2" -ne "1" seems to leave SWIG_LIB unset, and could be the actual problem here.

A workaround is to add this:

# For now (workaround for SWIG major-version bump)
BuildRequires:  autoconf

# Fixup expected version of SWIG:
sed -i -e "s|AC_PROG_SWIG(1.3.17)|AC_PROG_SWIG(2.0.0)|"
# and rebuild the configure script:

This was blocking:

Detailed Description

  • Python 2.7 was released on 2010-07-03

This will require a rebuild of everything with Requires: python(abi) = 2.6. See Mass_Rebuild_SOP for how we do a full rebuild of everything - hopefully we can adapt the scripts there to accomplish the rebuild needed for Python 2.7. See Features/Python_2.7/MassRebuild for notes on this specific rebuild.


Hopefully, little to no porting will be required.

Some notes on changes that may require porting are given on the upstream wiki here:

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora aims to showcase the latest in free and open source software - we should have the most recent release of Python.


Python is pervasive in Fedora. Everything from yum to system-config-* to anaconda to pungi is written in Python.

How To Test

Interested testers do not need special hardware. If you have a favorite Python script, module, or application, please test it with Python 2.7 and verify that it still works as you expect.

My own test plan:

  • Smoketest of the interpreter
  • Run the upstream regression test suite
  • Ensure that yum still works
  • Ensure that anaconda still works

User Experience

Users should not notice any difference, other than the availability of the 2.7 interpreter


The list is too large to include here.

repoquery --whatrequires --alldeps -s "python(abi) = 2.6" | sort -u

indicates approximately 1200 rpms

Contingency Plan

  • There is none. This is do-or-die.


What’s New in Python 2.7

Release Notes

The system Python 2 stack has been upgraded to 2.7. For a list of changes see

Caveat: PyCObject and warnings

Python provides various APIs for use by C extension modules. One of these APIs, PyCObject, was deprecated in Python 2.7, but there are a number of key modules that have not yet been ported to its replacement.

By default, deprecation warnings are ignored, so this will not cause problems.

However, if the standard warnings settings are overridden, you may see problems with these modules. In particular, if warnings have been set to "error", it is possible to make the Python interpreter abort or even segfault when importing these modules.

If you need to enable errors-for-warnings, please also add an override so that a PendingDeprecationWarning is merely logged, rather than raising an exception:

>>> import warnings
>>> warnings.simplefilter('error')
>>> warnings.simplefilter('default', PendingDeprecationWarning)

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