[Catalog-sig] PyCon sprint report
richardjones at optushome.com.au
Wed Mar 30 06:42:54 CEST 2005
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[this also appears at http://www.python.org/moin/DistutilsSprint]
Some projects which saw progress during the sprint included:
- - The implementation of PEP 314: Metadata for Python Software Packages
v1.1 should be complete; someone who isn't involved in the
implementation should review what's in CVS and check it against the PEP.
Work performed at the sprint included supporting the provides, requires,
and obsoletes metadata fields in both the distutils package and in PyPI.
The work was performed by FredDrake, RichardJones, and AndyHarrington.
There may be some untracked changes in AndrewKuchling's draft of PEP 314;
these should also be checked (also, the catalog-sig archives). FredDrake
believes that there are still some glaringly obvious metadata fields
missing, necessitating a further revision of the package metadata
- - RichardJones migrated the database away from the single-user sqlite
database to a multi-user postgres one.
- - RichardJones and MartinvonLoewis worked on implementing PEP 243: Module
Repository Upload Mechanism, supporting a package repository as part of
PyPI. There are revisions needed to PEP 243 which haven't been written
yet (mostly to do with cleaning up the use of the HTTP spec). FredDrake
thinks he uploaded the first package into the live repository, a tarball
containing ZConfig 2.2. Richard implemented the changes to the PyPI
application, and Martin added an upload command to the distutils package
to make it easy to add files from a command line. Uploads may also have
an accompanying MD5 (for simple validation) and OpenPGP signature.
- - AndrewKuchling integrated work done to add XML-RPC support based on
efforts from the ChiPy sprint. See Ian Bicking's blog for more on the
- - RichardJones and MichaelTwomey integrated work started at the ChiPy
sprint to convert the PyPI web interface to use ZopePageTemplates instead
of hard-coded HTML in the Python code. This should make it a lot easier
to keep the logic and presentation separate. "Unit" tests using Selenium
were also developed.
- - JohnCamara worked on some distutils bugs, and also implemented the
ReStructuredText formatting of description fields. DavidGoodger
implemented a couple of safety switches in docutils allowing us to turn
off the "raw" and "include" directives.
At a separate table in the other sprint room, this suggested topic was
- - Phillip Eby brought up the idea of application plugins; it would be
really nice to see this happen. He and Bob Ippolito have some design
notes and Bob Ippolito has begun an implementation of the runtime. In
addition to plugins, this "Python Egg" format should be useful for
distributing libraries and building applications (via py2exe/py2app)
The following topics had been suggested, but were not discussed during the
- - Installing large applications; see Fred's post to the Distutils-SIG
for more on this topic.
- - Defining a way to define new classes of files that can be installed.
Zope 3 would like this for the "package-includes" files we use; it's
likely generally useful.
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