I am working on a personal project putting my OpenSignTool Inkscape python extension app online. I plan to wrap the python code into a Flask web app and make the code run on a web server.
The extension app is written in Summer 2018 and mostly python 3 ready. However, they depend on several existing Inkscape extension modules. Those are all python 2 code written years ago by others. Specifically, the extension code depends on 6 python modules. These are
Originally I plan to test my app in python 3.7 and fix any errors that pop up. I work on fixing the code for one hour or two, and find that this approach is too timing consuming even for a small code base of a few hundred lines of code.
A little Google search finds that Python standard library includes a 2to3 tool that can do the job automatically. The documenation is pretty straightforward. This is the command I used to convert all python files in the current directory.
$2to3 -o ../dev_py3 -W -n ./
-o is to specify the output directory,
-W is for
writing files even not changed, and
-n means that backups are not
The tool is very useful, and it can figure out almost all changes. The place the tool has trouble figuring out is string encoding. I change a few places that involve string encoding, and the program runs perfectly in Python 3.
The Inkscape project is upgrading the extension system to be Python 3 compatible. The new extension python code are available online.