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From: Yang Zhao <>
To: "Đoàn Trần Công Danh" <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>, Git Users <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] doc: mention Python 3.x supports
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 09:54:36 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 9:38 AM Đoàn Trần Công Danh
<> wrote:
> > Đoàn Trần Công Danh  <> writes:
> >
> > > Commit 0b4396f068, (git-p4: make python2.7 the oldest supported version,
> > > 2019-12-13) pointed out that git-p4 uses Python 2.7-or-later features
> > > in the code.
> > >
> > > In addition, git-p4 gained enough support for Python 3 from
> > > 6cec21a82f, (git-p4: encode/decode communication with p4 for
> > > python3, 2019-12-13).
> >
> > I am not a Perforce user, so with that in mind, please help me make
> > sure I understand the situation well.  The statement "not 3.x, which
> > is not supported by Perforce" is from early 2013, and 6cec21a82f
> > talks about the format of marshalled dict object that comes out of
> > p4 (Perforce) tool that needs to be read in a certain way to be
> > compatible with Python3.  Does that mean sometime in these 6 years,
> > Perforce started supporting 3.x?
> AFAIK, p4 is an executable binary (in the sense of ELF binaries) from
> forever. And its {in,out}put is in arbitrary encoding, while Python 3
> expects UCS-2 or UCS-4 encoding. 6cec21a82f adds code to decode to
> Python 3 string to overcome this limitation.

Caveat: I am relying on memory here. I haven't looked at this code
since my last round of PRs...

Yes, git-p4 use the p4 executable, and not an integration library. p4
has a "serialize for Python" mode which outputs in a python2.7 pickled
format, which is still supported by python3, and this is what is used
to receive data from the app.

> Not related, but Perforce's official Python bindings supports Python 3
> from at least 2013 [p4r13]. And they still maintain in [PyPI].
> That binding requires compiling with Python Development files, though.

Compilation from source is only required on the latest version of
python3. p4python has wheels on PyPI, but it's consistently a minor
version behind. At the moment wheels for 3.8 exist for all major
platforms, but not 3.9.

> > The change to INSTALL just drops the mention of 3.x; do we want to
> > specifically say that any version of 3.x is OK, or is it generally
> > accepted that Python 3.x is "later" than "Python 2.7"?

Any 3.x is OK, as long as we are staying with interfacing with the p4
executable directly.


  reply	other threads:[~2020-12-15 17:56 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-12-10 14:30 [PATCH] doc: mention Python 3.x supports Đoàn Trần Công Danh
2020-12-14 23:00 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-15 17:38   ` Đoàn Trần Công Danh
2020-12-15 17:54     ` Yang Zhao [this message]
2020-12-15 21:06       ` Junio C Hamano

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