Prepare in mozinfo for platform.linux_distribution() going away in python 3.7

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3 years ago
3 years ago

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(Reporter: aceman, Unassigned)

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3 years ago
The function linux_distribution() in the platform.py of Python seems to be going away in Python 3.7

See:
https://docs.python.org/3/library/platform.html#platform.linux_distribution and https://docs.python.org/3/whatsnew/3.5.html?highlight=linux_distribution

Also, in python 2.7 the function is returning empty distro/version on distros that have the /etc directory not world readable (only executable/enterable). See bug 1117543. Yes, this should be fixed in platform.py (for 2.7) but it seems they no longer accept fixes for this code (see final comments of https://bugs.python.org/issue1322).

So I propose to prepare to find other solution for finding this info if mozinfo and tests really need to know the distro version being run.

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3 years ago
The timetable for the build system and Firefox automation supporting Python 3 is likely measured in years.
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