[Catalog-sig] What is the point of pythonpackages.com?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Feb 7 05:09:45 CET 2012

On 2/6/2012 8:17 PM, Martijn Faassen wrote:
>> The hosting-repository service was added later -- as a
>> convenience firstly to authors. I now believe that the repository should
>> have been and should be kept separate, as the Python Package Repository
>> -- PyPaR. Then repository issues would be clearly separate from index
>> issues.
> Anyway, if that had happened,

And I think it still should...

 > I think you would get people recommending
> that people put stuff both in the index and in the repository for the
> convenience of the users. And authors might want an integrated UI to
> manage things too. :)

Of course, uploading would mean being part of the index, just as today. 
But I would hope that such a separation would avert the calls to 
restrict the index. I think that would be destructive. If it were to 
occur, surely someone else would set a new index to Python packages that 
is at least as inclusive as PyPI is today.

Oh, and about PyPI download statistics, the original subject of this 
says numpy1.6.1 has 50000 downloads since last July.
says 9000 just last week. So counting only PyPI downloads gives an 
undercount by a factor of perhaps 5.

Or http://pypi.python.org/pypi/MySQL-python/1.2.3
275K downloads since 2010 July versus
115K downloads per week (down to 96K last week)

Terry Jan Reedy

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