[Distutils] [Catalog-sig] setuptools or PyPI problem...?

Richard Jones richardjones at optushome.com.au
Fri Sep 23 05:37:43 CEST 2005

On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 01:32 pm, Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> I'd like to encourage moving towards mangling the *keys* themselves, in
> order to be robust in the face of typos.  I think allowing random
> punctuation and upper/lower case to distinguish projects (e.g. allowing
> SQLObject, sqlobject, and SQLobject to be different packages) is asking for
> trouble on the human side of things, entirely aside from allowing them in
> filenames, dealing with case-insensitive filesystems, and so on.  Having a
> nice human readable name for the web page, PKG-INFO, and description are
> one thing, but having it used for filenames, URLs, and database keys is
> quite another.

I believe what you're proposing would require changing Python itself so it 
enforces restrictions on package names (ie. all lower-case, very limited 
punctuation, no whitespace). I think that's a good idea, but I also think at 
this point that the cat's out of the bag :(

Happy to hear contradictory views and be shouted down.

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