[Catalog-sig] pre-PEP: transition to release-file hosting at pypi site

Lennart Regebro regebro at gmail.com
Mon Mar 11 10:31:45 CET 2013

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM, Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> wrote:
> On 11 Mar, 2013, at 9:18, Lennart Regebro <regebro at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM, Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> wrote:
>>> But this isn't necessarily true, there is another solution: mirror your requirements locally.
>> I do that. This is not a solution, because your requirements yesterday
>> is not your requirements tomorrow.
> So? When your requirements change you change the local mirror.

How? You can't mirror something that you can't reach.
The only local solution to this is to mirror every file that is
reachable via PyPI, in advance. That is obviously *not* a feasible

> I guess the only way we will know why some authors don't upload archives to
> PyPI is to ask (some of) them.

Right. I don't think it's feasible to discuss speculative reasons, and
in any case I strongly believe that whatever reason people have, we
still should not let the Python tools install packages from
third-party hosts by default. If you have your own index (like Plone
currently does, largely because of the problems caused by having
packages on several different servers) that should of course be

I have a list of emails already, if somebody wants to ask people. :-)
It's 2651 emails though, and I think most of those people have
registeres packages that doesn't actually have *any* distributions.
:-) I didn't check for that.


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