[tahoe-dev] 1.9 update: soon! Need help with PyCrypto-2.4!

Vladimir Rusinov vladimir at greenmice.info
Sat Oct 29 17:03:09 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM, Zooko O'Whielacronx <zooko at zooko.com>wrote:

> Short term solution: declare that Tahoe-LAFS v1.9 doesn't support
> Python 2.4 anymore. (This is because this particular bug in PyCrypto
> is probably specific to being it built for Python 2.4) I'm okay with
> that, and it is a fast way to reduce our load, and I have a lot of
> other things that I want to do (launch Least Authority Enterprises to
> live customers, doc writing and auditing for Tahoe-LAFS v1.9,
> preparing for the Summit, ...).
> If anybody is dying to use Tahoe-LAFS v1.9 with Python 2.4, speak up now!

Oh no, please don't drop python 2.4 support. There's simple reason:
RHEL/CentOS 5 uses python 2.4. RHEL 6 was released not so far ago, and
there's lots of RHEL 5 servers all arount the world, and they'll be here for
a very long time. Personally, I still have some RHEL4 servers and was really
happy to drop latest RHEL3 installation not so far ago.

Of course, it's possible to install other versions of python, but it's not
officially supported, and most of this methods looks like ugly hacks.

If there's problem only with ssh encryption - drop it and only it. I believe
most of the users will have gateway on their localhost desktops with some
less Enterprise and more recent systems running. But total drop of 2.4
support will make life for many persons with redhat background (incluing me)

Vladimir Rusinov
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