etckeeper doesn't support python3 in its current form. in bug 811180, mattia provided a NMU that fixed this, but unfortunately I totally forgot to include it in the later uploads so it got destroyed.

i have now remerged it in the debian branch, and you now have patches there to review to make etckeeper (or, more specifically, the bzr plugin) survive the Python 2 dead parrot stage.

there's also another patch there to fix sort order with UTF-8 which I do not understand very well, but i hope you will find useful.

thanks! -- ?anarcat