[Distutils] setuptools: name quoting

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Wed Sep 21 03:19:42 CEST 2005

Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> At 02:59 PM 9/20/2005 -0500, Ian Bicking wrote:
>> I'm a bit confused about name quoting.  I have a package with a name
>> "Todo_SQLObject_ZPT", and egg_info writes to
>> "Todo-SQLObject-ZPT.egg-info".  Why?  I thought -'s were bad, but _'s
>> were okay...?
> It's safe to use either, but setuptools considers '-' to be canonical;
> this was a heuristic decision on my part because '-' appears more
> frequently used than '_' in the names of projects currently registered
> with PyPI.
> The problem, however, is that PyPI wants your uploaded files to
> *exactly* match the registered name.  If you used '-' in setup.py, you
> must have '-' in the filename, and that's something setuptools cannot
> do.  It would probably be best if setuptools ensured the "register"
> command always used '_', but then this defeats the purpose of having it
> that way in the first place!
> So, the only real fix is to change PyPI to accept files whose
> pkg_resources.safe_name() match the safe_name() of the project.  In the
> meantime, you can't upload eggs to PyPI for packages with '-' or '_' in
> their names.  (You can upload source distros or other formats, since
> those can work with ambiguous filenames.) I probably should put in an
> RFE or proposed patch, but I've been *really* busy lately.

Richard, would you be able to make this change?  It seems pretty
reasonable to accept files that closely match project names.

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