[openstack-dev] MySQLdb situation with the gate

Monty Taylor mordred at inaugust.com
Thu Jan 2 23:41:12 UTC 2014

On 01/02/2014 12:48 PM, Monty Taylor wrote:
> Hey all!
> This morning, we experienced our first systemic breakage of the gate of
> 2014! There are a few reasons for this, which are related to pip and
> virtualenv making new releases. The new releases do WONDERFUL things and
> are more secure, but unfortunately, we've hit a few pain points which we
> are working through.
> The most visible one that's going to come across people's plate has to
> do with mysql-python. The upstream package still hasn't updated itself
> from attempting to explicitly use distribute, and it cannot be installed
> by pip 1.5. (this has nothing to do with OpenStack - mysql-python is
> simply uninstallable with pip 1.5 at the moment)
> Since we kinda use the heck out of mysql-python, and we're also pretty
> heavy users of pip, we have to address the situation.
> First of all, we made a pull request to upstream:
>  https://github.com/farcepest/MySQLdb1/pull/44
> That fixes the issue. In a perfect world, this will get merged and 1.2.5
> will get released in the next 30 minutes. 

Holla! A perfect world happened and Andy Dustman has merged the PR and
cut a 1.2.5 release.

> However, there is another pull
> request that is 3 months old that also addresses this issue, so we're
> having to make contingency plans in case it does not get addressed.
> The most immediate plan is that we've prepared a lightweight fork based
> on the above patches, called it python-MySQLdb, and uploaded it to PyPI.
> The only things changed in the fork are the packaging changes needed to
> get things working with modern pip. We'll be making patches to move
> requirements to consume that for the time being. As it's the same code
> as mysql-python, distros should not need to care about this fork, and we
> fully intend to delete it the instant upstream is fixed. (to be fair, by
> "delete" we probably mean "upload an empty package which depends on
> mysql-python")

I just deleted the package. Since we never used it for anything. I love
it when stuff works out like that.

> We're not happy about this, but we also don't want the gate to be broken
> - or for local dev envs to be broken - for a significant period of time.
> Thanks!
> Monty
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