[Catalog-sig] [Distutils] We need to make a decision wrt distribution names (second try)

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Tue Jul 24 21:20:40 CEST 2007

On Jul 24, 2007, at 2:11 PM, Lars Immisch wrote:

> Hi,
>>>> Obviously, we are having a debate about what forms distribution  
>>>> names  can take.  I think we need a decision.
>>> Thanks for bringing this up.
>>>> Does anyone know if there are existing rules for distribution  
>>>> names?   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 distribution name and
>>>> - what the equivalence rules for distribution names are.
>>> Comparison rules are also important:
>>> Is artin-1.2-rc2 < artin-1.2?
>> Note that these are not distribution names.  Well, that depends on  
>> how you define "distribution names". Sigh.  The dsitribution names  
>> I'm trying to talk about don't have version numbers.  I don't see  
>> a particular reason why these distribution names have to be ordered,
> I see. Sorry for the drive-by-shooting.


> Still, I'd like a stated convention how version numbers are  
> compared. I believe this would be good for setuptools also.

setuptools has this.  It would be nice bless it in a PEP.

> But the issue is separable from project naming conventions.



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