[Catalog-sig] We need to make a decision wrt distribution names

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Tue Jul 24 18:54:36 CEST 2007

On Jul 24, 2007, at 12:36 PM, Jim Fulton wrote:

> Obviously, we are having a debate about what forms distribution  
> names can take.  I think we need a decision.
> Does anyone know if there are existing rules for package names?

Doh. I meant "distribution names". Sorry.

> I can't find them if there are.  Up until now, I think we've been  
> in somewhat of a prototyping mode, but I think it's time to move  
> beyond that.
> I strongly suggest that we need an official specification that says:
> - what's a legal package name and


> - what the equivalence rules for package names are.


> Whatever we decide needs to be well supported by setuptools and  
> PyPI.  I can live with whatever we decide as long as we decide  
> something and make sure it is well communicated and implemented. In  
> particular, I could live with the equivalence rules that setuptools  
> uses if they are documented and if they are supported correctly and  
> efficiently by the index (including mirrors).
> IMO, a decision is extremely important.  If we can't reach  
> consensus, then we need to call in the BDFL.

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