[Catalog-sig] ANN: pythonpackages.com beta

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Tue Jul 31 19:43:42 CEST 2012

Perhaps you would be interested in the Wheel package format's upcoming
public key signature system (wheel.rtfd.orgl#signed-wheel-files). The
(undocumented) plan will include per-buildserver, per-package and
possibly per-package-version signing keys via a pluggable trust model,
instead of the PGP model where a signing key is an e-mail address.

About wheel

"A wheel is a ZIP-format archive with a specially formatted filename
and the .whl extension. It is designed to contain all the files for a
PEP 376 compatible install in a way that is very close to the on-disk

A simple wheel for Package-1.0 would contain


Package-1.0.dist-info/METADATA (PEP-376, PEP-345 'Metadata 1.2')

Package-1.0.dist-info/WHEEL (metadata for this build of the dist)

Package-1.0.dist-info/RECORD (extended PEP-376)

The bdist_wheel setuptools plugin and egg2wheel and wininst2wheel
allow you to create wheel archives without having to modify source

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