[Catalog-sig] homepage/download metadata cleaning
holger at merlinux.eu
Fri Mar 1 11:19:56 CET 2013
Hi Richard, all,
somewhere deep in the threads i mentioned i wrote a little "cleanpypi.py"
script which takes a project name as an argument and then goes to
pypi.python.org and removes all homepage/download metadata entries for
this project. This sanitizes/speeds up installation because
pip/easy_install don't need to crawl them anymore. I just did this for
three of my projects, (pytest, tox and py) and it seems to work fine.
Now before i release this as a tool, i wonder: Is it a good idea to remove
download/homepage entries? Is there any current machine use (other than
the dreaded crawling) for the homepage/download_url per-release metadata
For humans the homepage link is nicely discoverable if the long-description
doesn't mention it prominently. But i think there also is a "project url"
or "bugtrack url" for a project so maybe those could be used to reference
these important pages? (i am a bit confused on the exact meaning of those
Should we maybe stop advertising "homepage" and "download_url"
and instead see to extend project-url/bugtrackurl to be used
and shown nicely? The latter are independent of releases which i think
makes sense - what use are old probably unreachable/borked homepages
anyway. And it's also not too bad having to go once to pypi.python.org
to set it, usually it seldomly changes.
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