[Catalog-sig] PyPI and PEP 381

David Lyon david.lyon at preisshare.net
Tue Jan 19 01:42:37 CET 2010

On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:42:25 +0100, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de>

>>> 1. a public statement by somebody that this is the protocol they would
>>>    actually want to use. I still don't see the need for mirroring, so
>>>    I would provide it independent of mirroring.
>> There are consumers for this sure.
>> Linux package maintainers, custom python distributions etc.
> Which one specifically?

Linux package maintainers could find a use for it because they
could more quickly get updates from package maintainers. Specifically,
any distro that repackages from pypi.

Custom Distributions : ActiveState

Also, end users. Even end users could read a package feed from
pypi and it could enable an update. That would be good for python 3.

>>> 2. a recommendation what specific hub to use. I would prefer not to run
>>>    my own, let alone implementing a hub as part of PyPI (although
>>>    contributions are welcome).

You don't need to run it. It can be run "anywhere" on the internet.

>> You can control access with username/password pairs. Or allow self
>> registration.
> See, this is precisely the kind of stuff I don't have *any* cycles for.
> I don't want to run another service, and worry about people using it
> to break into python.org.

Oh please. A jabber server can run on any machine 'anywhere' on the

Saying that running a jabber service on some machine will bring down 
python.org stretches my imagination at least.

> I didn't propose RSS. Robert Kern did, by proposing to use
> pubsubhubbub (although the specification seems to favor ATOM).

Well it's probably a good suggestion. I'm sure you will come
to some decision.


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