Re: [Rfc-markdown] [xml2rfc] End of support for xml2rfc on Python 2.x is coming soon

Fred Baker <fredbaker.ietf@gmail.com> Tue, 08 October 2019 21:47 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Rfc-markdown] [xml2rfc] End of support for xml2rfc on Python 2.x is coming soon
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That all fine, and as predictable as you say. What would very helpful would be a road map: if you’re using {windows X|Mac X|Linux X|whatever}, we think you should look at tools {D,E,F}.

Speaking personally, I am on a Mac and using XMLmind with Fenner’s tools. They mostly worked (note the past tense) except when they didn’t. Telling me “well, ABCDEF supports <IETF tools du jour if you can read Sanskrit>“ doesn’t quite work.

I used to write in NROFF. I’ll do what it takes. But really?

Sent using a machine that autocorrects in interesting ways...

> On Oct 8, 2019, at 2:31 PM, Russ Housley <housley@vigilsec.com> wrote:
> 
> Heads up!
> 
> With the transition to xml2rfc vocabulary version 3, xml2rfc has gained
> the ability to generate PDF output when the necessary system libraries
> are installed.  However, xml2rfc runs on Python 2.7, but the library
> needed for PDF generation ended support for Python 2.7 about 10
> releases ago.  This means that the need to end support for xml2rfc on
> Python 2.7 is becoming urgent.  Another factor is that bugfix support
> for Python 2.7.x itself officially stops on 1 January 2020, so we need
> to transition away from Python 2.7 soon in any case.
> 
> The latest xml2rfc release is 2.32.0.  There will most likely be one or
> two additional xml2rfc releases in the 2.x series, but after that, the
> plan is to transition to a 3.x release series, with two major changes:
> 
> (1) xml2rfc will no longer run under Python 2.7; it will require
>    Python 3.5 or higher.  If you cannot install and run Python 3 on
>    your system, the web service at xml2rfc.ietf.org can be used.
> 
> (2) The default output formatters will change to v3.  The v2 formatters
>    will still be available by using a --legacy switch.
> 
> Expect the first xml2rfc 3.x series release before the end of the month.
> 
> On behalf of the Tools Team,
>  Russ
> 
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