[Distutils] Setuptools projects with '-' in their names (was Re: some kind of problem with setuptools 0.6a9)

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Sat Dec 31 16:19:54 CET 2005

At 04:35 PM 12/31/2005 +0800, Jeff Pitman wrote:
>What's the purpose of transposition between `-' and `_'? -- -jeff

The distutils put '-' between different parts of the filenames it 
generates.  If dashes aren't escaped, it prevents the filename from being 
unambiguously parseable by a computer.  As it is, when looking for source 
distributions or win32.exe files, EasyInstall has to treat filenames as 
having every possible ambiguous interpretation, since the distutils 
currently generate such ambiguous filenames for non-setuptools projects.

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