[Catalog-sig] remove historic download/homepage links for a project

Ronald Oussoren ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Fri Mar 1 08:09:52 CET 2013

On 1 Mar, 2013, at 4:08, Tres Seaver <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:

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> On 02/28/2013 06:21 PM, Richard Jones wrote:
>> On 1 March 2013 04:10, Tres Seaver <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:
>>> On 02/28/2013 11:27 AM, Ronald Oussoren wrote:
>>>> But necessary to have. Or am the only one that accidently released
>>>> a version that had serious bugs?
>>> Nope.  The way to address such a version is to release a new, fixed 
>>> version (preferably one with a suitably-PEP-compliant version which 
>>> indicates the version being corrected).  The only legitimate reason
>>> to yank a release is that you are under legal compulsion to do so
>>> (a takedown notice or equivalent), or you discover that the version
>>> released has been trojaned in some way.
>> You may have listed the only reason *you will allow* but the owner of 
>> the package can do whatever they want. You're correct that once the 
>> package is "out in the wild" you can't get all those copies back, but 
>> they can (for whatever reason they have and no, I'm not going to 
>> needlessly speculate) remove it from PyPI. You have no legal or moral 
>> right to compel them to do otherwise.
> I wasn't claiming any right:  I was arguing that anybody who shares
> software with the community does the community a disservice by removing a
> release because it "has serious bugs."  Brown-bag releases happen:  ab
> open source community repairs the damage from them by making new
> releases, not by covering them up.

I luckily haven't run into this with software I release on PyPI yet, but sometimes
pulling back an update while working on a fix is the responsible thing to do. 

You must be living in some other community than I do, I usually get to fix
my own bugs.


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