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Python 3.2.6rc1

Release Date: 2014-10-04

This is a security-fix source-only release. The last binary release was 3.2.5.

The list of fixed security related issues can be found in the NEWS file.

New features of the 3.2 series, compared to 3.1

Python 3.2 is a continuation of the efforts to improve and stabilize the Python 3.x line. Since the final release of Python 2.7, the 2.x line will only receive bugfixes, and new features are developed for 3.x only.

Since PEP 3003, the Moratorium on Language Changes, is in effect, there are no changes in Python's syntax and only few changes to built-in types in Python 3.2. Development efforts concentrated on the standard library and support for porting code to Python 3. Highlights are:

  • numerous improvements to the unittest module
  • PEP 3147, support for .pyc repository directories
  • PEP 3149, support for version tagged dynamic libraries
  • PEP 3148, a new futures library for concurrent programming
  • PEP 384, a stable ABI for extension modules
  • PEP 391, dictionary-based logging configuration
  • an overhauled GIL implementation that reduces contention
  • an extended email package that handles bytes messages
  • a much improved ssl module with support for SSL contexts and certificate hostname matching
  • a sysconfig module to access configuration information
  • additions to the shutil module, among them archive file support
  • many enhancements to configparser, among them mapping protocol support
  • improvements to pdb, the Python debugger
  • countless fixes regarding bytes/string issues; among them full support for a bytes environment (filenames, environment variables)
  • many consistency and behavior fixes for numeric operations

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This is a preview release, and its use is not recommended in production settings.

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Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
Gzipped source tarball Source release 0f918674678aac48b8270d28d7af29a7 13136556 SIG
XZ compressed source tarball Source release 25f70046ae3e84a33af21a8a9f0474f1 9241952 SIG