[Catalog-sig] New pythonpackages.com service coming soon

Alex Clark aclark at aclark.net
Mon Jan 23 00:20:47 CET 2012

On 1/22/12 5:45 PM, Richard Jones wrote:
> On 23 January 2012 04:04, Alex Clark<aclark at aclark.net>  wrote:
>> - I have created a "user" `pythonpackages` on PyPI
>> - I have uploaded an ssh key [1].
>> - I have added `pythonpackages` as a maintainer of `Pillow`.
>> - You can imagine the rest (and if you can't, it's a secret for now.)
>> Now, I read the TOS very carefully before creating the `pythonpackages`
>> "user". And there was nothing in it to indicate this action is anything
>> other than "fair use". But I want to bring it to the attention of the PyPI
>> maintainers now, in the event the service becomes popular later (I know at
>> least I am planning to use it quite a bit. And we have ~70 beta users signed
>> up to begin testing.)
> My initial only concern is that the registering and uploading of
> packages to the index might become too anonymous.
> We are frequently called upon to identify the owners of packages (for
> a variety of reasons: ownership disputes, transfer of ownership,
> reclamation of zombies, that sort of thing).
> Currently a person must be registered with PyPI an listed as an
> owner/maintainer to be able to register package releases and upload
> files for a package. Even if we required a non-pythonpackages user to
> be listed against a package that association could become stale (the
> person listed in PyPI could have no longer have anything to do with
> the package.)

That shouldn't be a concern here because anyone that wants to use the 
service (currently) must manually assign the Maintainer role to the 
`pythonpackages` user for their package(s). We (currently) have no plans 
to register any new packages with the `pythonpackages` user. Our plans 
could change in the future, but at present this is a small, cautious 
step towards release automation.

And in general, the service is not intended to anonymize releases; 
rather, the initial set of uploads will be coming from folks that meet 
the following criteria:

- Github user
- PyPI user with at least one released package
- pythonpackages.com beta member


>       Richard

Alex Clark · http://pythonpackages.com

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