[Pulp-list] dropping el6 builds of Pulp

Joe Adams adams10301 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 17 21:20:32 UTC 2016

Not sure if this is a very redhat way of doing things, but what about
converting it over to a pip installation? That would allow it to be
installed in a virtual environment and run on any version of the operating
system so long as it can compile or install the required components. That
would also break you from being so closely tied to packages in the epel /
redhat / centos repos. We all love them for being stable and slow to
change, but with projects like django that have a faster release cadence,
it doesn't necessarily make sense to be tied to the distro's timelines. You
could essentially keep support for EL6 and EL7 for the foreseeable future
and maybe even enable people stuck on EL5 to run pulp (unsupported of

It's been a breeze for us to set up any python project so long as I can
install it in a virtual environment (even requiring python 3). Upgrades
also seem to go fairly smoothly besides the occasional need to add a -devel
package for dependencies.

On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM, Michael Hrivnak <mhrivnak at redhat.com>

> We need your input on when to stop making builds of Pulp for el6.
> Running Pulp on el6, which uses Python 2.6, has been getting more
> difficult over time. Many libraries we depend on have dropped support for
> Python 2.6, which exacerbates the usual challenge of making dependencies
> available on an aging platform.
> The latest news is that epel6 will remove their Django package, Django14.
> It has multiple CVEs (none of which we think affect Pulp) and is
> unsupported upstream. There is no supported version of Django that runs on
> Python 2.6. Thus epel has decided to remove this package from epel6 some
> time between Jan 31 and March 31 of 2017. Once that happens, Pulp will not
> be installable on el6 unless you provide that package some other way.
> As a workaround, el6 installation could theoretically continue after
> Django14 is removed by manually installing the rpm, which is accessible
> from the EPEL build system. But the dev team does not want to take
> responsibility for supporting that package; thus we need to phase out
> support for Pulp on el6.
> We want to make the transition off of el6 as smooth as it reasonably can
> be, so please give us some feedback. Here are two options to start the
> conversation:
> 1. Make 2.11 the last Pulp release to have el6 packages. All 2.11.z
> releases would get el6 support. 2.12 would have el7 and Fedora packages
> only.
> 2. Make el6 builds available until the day Django14 gets removed from
> epel6. On that day, Pulp on el6 would become unsupported and builds would
> stop.
> Have any other ideas, or feedback on those?
> Thanks for your input,
> Michael
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