On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 6:22 AM, Glenn Linderman firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
With more standardization of versions, should the version module be promoted to stdlib directly?
When Tarek lands "packaging" (i.e. what distutils2 becomes in the Python 3.3 stdlib), the standardised version handling will come with it.
On 4/5/2011 11:52 AM, Barry Warsaw wrote:
DEFAULT_VERSION_RE = re.compile(r'(?P<version>\d+\.\d(?:\.\d+)?)') __version__ = pkgutil.get_distribution('elle').metadata['version']
The RE as given won't match alpha, beta, rc, dev, and post suffixes that are discussed in POP 386.
Indeed, I really don't like the RE suggestion - better to tell people to just move the version info into the static config file and use pkgutil to make it available as shown. That solves the build time vs install time problem as well.
Nor will it match the code shown and quoted for the alternative distutils2 case.
Are there issues for finding and loading multiple versions of the same module?
No, you simply can't do it. Python's import semantics are already overly complicated even without opening that particular can of worms.
Should it be possible to determine a version before loading a module? If yes, the version module would have to be able to find a parse version strings in any of the many places this PEP suggests they could be... so that would be somewhat complex, but the complexity shouldn't be used to change the answer... but if the answer is yes, it might encourage fewer variant cases to be supported for acceptable version definition locations for this PEP.
Yep, this is why the version information should be in the setup.cfg file, and hence available via pkgutil without loading the module first.