On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM, Ionel Cristian Mărieș <contact@ionelmc.ro> wrote:

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 6:05 PM, Ian Cordasco <graffatcolmingov@gmail.com> wrote:
In other words, no one should read the docs because that's a waste of time? Because a lot of time has been poured into the packaging docs and if they're not sufficient, then instead of improving them, people should write undocumented tools that force people to read the source? I'm not sure how that's better than what we already have.

​A waste of time? No. But it sure is poor investment of time for newbie users. It's a futile struggle to document (or read about) all the features of distutils and setuptools, not because it can't be documented, but because there's too much ground to cover and PyPA's packaging.python.org approach is to ​just give an overview of what's available and avoid giving any real best practice recommendations as much as possible. There may be good reasons for that but that's not a sensible approach to giving users a "pitfall free" learning path.

So for new python programmers (or newbie users in general) reading the entire source of another package to understand it is a better experience?