What to do with old versions of Python, Perl, PHP, Apache1 (and others)?

Joshua Root jmr at macports.org
Thu Feb 4 12:32:31 PST 2016

On 2016-2-5 03:52 , Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> (for Python it's not entirely clear which ones are EOL)

Search for "Release Schedule" in the list of PEPs:

2.6 is no longer getting any updates at all. 2.7 is being maintained
with bug fixes until 2020 and possibly security fixes for some time
after that. 3.2 is just reaching the end of its security update period.
Later versions are still getting updates.

> The question is: what should be the general policy with these ports?
> How long should we keep them around?

As long as they still build on some OS X version that base works on. If
they break and nobody steps up to fix them, that's a pretty good
indication that it's time for them to go.

As you mentioned, there are all kinds of reasons why people have to test
against old versions. A deprecation warning in the description and notes
would be a good idea.

- Josh

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