[Catalog-sig] ANN: PyPM Index

Noah Kantrowitz noah at coderanger.net
Thu Nov 11 03:49:58 CET 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sridhar Ratnakumar [mailto:sridharr at activestate.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:32 PM
> To: Noah Kantrowitz
> Cc: 'catalog-sig'
> Subject: Re: [Catalog-sig] ANN: PyPM Index
> On 11/10/2010 6:11 PM, Noah Kantrowitz wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> >  From:catalog-sig-bounces+noah=coderanger.net at python.org
> >> >  [mailto:catalog-sig-bounces+noah=coderanger.net at python.org] On
> Behalf
> >> >  Of Sridhar Ratnakumar
> >> >  I'd like to announce the availability of PyPM Index - frontend to
> >> >  browse/search Python packages available in the PyPM repository:
> >> >      http://code.activestate.com/pypm/
> >> >[...]
> >> >  For more details, see this blog post:
> >> >  http://www.activestate.com/blog/2010/11/pypm-index-python-
> developers
> > Out of curiosity, wasn't there some musing earlier that people
> shouldn't be
> > mirroring PyPI data in a commercial context? Or at least should offer
> some
> > kind of opt-out?
> Could you point me to the specific mailing thread where it was
> discussed
> that commercial services must be disallowed from mirroring PyPI's data
> -
> specifically hosted source distributions and metadata as exposed by its
> XMLRPC interface?
> It is probably worth mentioning here that we have been maintaining a
> copy of PyPI's data, updated incrementally each day, for about a year
> now. Martin v. Löwis, a PyPI admin, has been aware of this too -- I
> haven't received any notice telling ActiveState to stop mirroring
> PyPI's
> data.

It was about Softpedia or one of those sites. Not saying it is the same
thing, but you seem to be seeing package builds based on code downloaded en
masse from PyPI if I am reading this correctly. Mirroring the metadata I
understand, not sure if I like the idea of my code on a website with a "Buy
Now" link (I understand you aren't selling the actual project, just the
service of the build farm, but for a pure-python package that sounds an
awful lot like splitting hairs).


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