[Catalog-sig] V2 pre-PEP: transitioning to release file hosting on PYPI

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Tue Mar 12 19:07:28 CET 2013

Just a quick note (more later, if time permits)...

On 12.03.2013 18:05, holger krekel wrote:
> Hi Marc-Andre, all,
>>> - Prepare PYPI implementation to allow a per-project "hosting mode",
>>>   effectively enabling or disabling external crawling.  When enabled 
>>>   nothing changes from the current situation of producing ``rel=download`` 
>>>   and ``rel=homepage`` attributed links on ``simple/`` pages, 
>>>   causing installers to crawl those sites.  
>>>   When disabled, the attributions of links will change 
>>>   to ``rel=newdownload`` and ``rel=newhomepage`` causing installers to
>>>   avoid crawling 3rd party sites.  Retaining the meta-information allows
>>>   tools to still make use of the semantic information.
>> Please start using versioned APIs for these things. The
>> old style index should still be available under some
>> URL, e.g. /simple-v1/ or /v1/simple/ or /1/simple/
> Not sure it is neccessary in this case.  I would think it makes
> the implementation harder and it would probably break PEP381 (mirroring
> infrastructure) as well.

Here's what I meant:

We publish the current implementation of the /simple/ index API
under a new URL /simple-v1/, so that people that want to use
the old API can continue to do so.

Then we setup a new /simple-v2/ index API with your proposed
change, perhaps even dropping the rel attribute altogether.

During testing, we'd then have:

/simple/    - same as /simple-v1/
/simple-v1/ - old API with rel attributes always set
/simple-v2/ - new API with your changes (rel attributes only
              set in some cases)

After a month or so of testing, we then switch this to:

/simple/    - same as /simple-v2/
/simple-v1/ - old API with rel attributes always set
/simple-v2/ - new API with your changes (rel attributes only
              set in some cases)

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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